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November 22, 1995

Primer on Spontaneous Heating and Pyrophoricity

Reaffirmed 2001 | Replaced by DOE-HDBK-1081-2014

The purpose of this Primer is to provide operations and maintenance personnel with the information necessary to identify and prevent potential spontaneous combustion hazards. Throughout the history of industry and the DOE Complex, fires caused by spontaneously heating and pyrophoric materials have occurred, sometimes causing personal injury and significant damage to facilities.