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Filler. Any enterprise which loads dangerous goods into a tank (tank-vehicle, demountable tank, portable tank or tank-container) and/or into a vehicle, large container or small container for carriage in bulk, or into a battery-vehicle or MEGC.
Fire point. The lowest temperature at which a material can evolve vapors fast enough to support continuous combustion.
First Aid. Emergency measures to be taken when a person is suffering from overexposure to a hazardous material, before regular medical help can be obtained.
Flammable limits. Flammables have a minimum concentration below which propagation of flame does not occur on contact with a source of ignition. This is known as the lower flammable explosive limit (LEL). There is also a maximum concentration of vapor or gas in air above which propagation of flame does not occur. This is known as the upper flammable explosive limit (UEL). These units are expressed in percent of gas or vapor in air by volume.
Flammable liquid. Any liquid having a flash point below 37.8oC (100oF), except any mixture having components with flashpoints of 100oF or higher, the total of which make up 99 percent or more of the total volume of the mixture.
Flammable range. The difference between the lower and upper flammable limits, expressed in terms of percentage of vapor or gas in air by volume, and is also often referred to as the “explosive range.”
Flash-point. The lowest temperature of a liquid at which its vapours form a flammable mixture with air.
Freight container. Freight container means an article of transport equipment that is of a permanent character and accordingly strong enough to be suitable for repeated use; specially designed to facilitate the transport of goods, by one or more modes of transport, without intermediate reloading; designed to be secured and/or readily handled, having fittings for these purposes, and approved in accordance with the International Convention for Safe Containers (CSC), 1972, as amended. The term “freight container” includes neither vehicle nor packaging. However, a freight container that is carried on a chassis is included. For freight containers for radioactive material, see 2.7.2 of IMDG Code (2004 Edition).
Fume. Airborne particulate formed by the evaporation of solid materials, e.g. metal fume emitted during welding. Usually less than one micron in diameter.