This document is applicable to the sampling and analysis of effluents produced during fires that have the potential to cause harm through environmental contamination. It provides additional requirements to those International Standards already published by ISO TC 92/SC 3 for the sampling and analysis of fire effluents from experimental fires and standard tests, specifically as best practice from previously published methodologies. This document does not include pollutant screening of exposed humans or animals.
The principle aims for the sampling and analysis of effluents from fires that can result in environmental contamination is therefore to provide information on:
— the nature and concentrations of airborne effluents over time and distance;
— the nature and concentrations of solid and liquid ground contaminants and “run-off” compounds from firefighting operations over time and distance.
This document is principally of interest for the following parties:
— environmental regulatory authorities;
— public health authorities;
— fire investigators;
— property owners.
This document is intended to be used together with ISO 26367-1 and ISO 26367-2 in assessments of the environmental impact of fire effluents.