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ASTM D4982-12

ASTM D4982-12

Standard Test Methods for Flammability Potential Screening Analysis of Waste

2016-12-27 /Active
Significance and Use:

4.1 These test methods are intended for use by those in the waste management industries to aid in identifying the flammability potential or waste materials.


1.1 These test methods are used to indicate the fire-producing or fire-sustaining potential of wastes. The following test methods can be applied to waste liquids, sludges, or solids:



Test Method A—Test Sample Exposed to Heat and Flame


Test Method B—Test Sample Exposed to Spark Source

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1.2 These test methods should be used to measure and describe the properties of materials, in response to heat and flame under controlled laboratory conditions and should not be used to describe or appraise the fire hazard or fire risk of materials under actual fire conditions. However, results of these tests may be used in addition to all other factors that are pertinent to a fire hazard assessment of a particular end use.

1.3 These test methods are designed and intended as preliminary tests to complement quantitative analytical techniques that may be used to determine flammability. These test methods offer the option and the ability to screen waste for hazardous flammability potential when the analytical techniques are not available or the total waste composition is unknown.

1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. Specific hazard information is given in Section 5, 8.3.1 and 9.4.3.

flammability potential; ignition; screening analysis; wastes
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