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Pyrophoric Chemical Safety – Changes in 2020 Fire Codes and Standards

SESHA 42nd Annual Symposium (2020)

SESHA 2020 Presentation

Matt Wyman of KFPI will be presenting at the upcoming SESHA symposium in Scottsdale, Arizona, in April. His presentation will focus on recent changes to industry fire codes and standards, in regard to the handling and storage of pyrophoric compounds. If you are involved in processes or policies regarding semiconductor EHS, you may wish to join KFPI at the SESHA, to find out more about significant industry developments.


Wednesday, April 15th 2020

Pyrophoric Chemical Safety – Changes in 2020 Fire Codes and Standards as Result of Recent Research, Testing, and Technology Developments

Over the past 4+ years KFPI has been involved in the research, testing, and development of fire safety solutions regarding pyrophoric chemical hazards.  This included many projects regarding the fire detection and fire suppression/protection of energetic materials such as pyrophoric liquid metal organics like TMA (trimethylaluminum).  This also included many projects with ASM regarding the fire and gas detection of various leak scenarios of pyrophoric gases such as silane.  The results of projects have identified and confirmed numerous limitations & challenges within the current/previous fire safety codes and standards which have resulted in many unsafe conditions at fabs around the world.  As a result of new data and technology developments that have occurred in the past few years, the associated fire safety codes and standards have also began to be updated accordingly in 2020.  This presentation will highlight the findings of the past pyrophoric testing projects, new pyrophoric fire safety technology advancements (such as LCAS), and various changes to fire safety codes and standards in 2020. 


Matt WymanChief Technology Officer, KFPI

About Matt Wyman

Matt Wyman is the CTO of KFPI, based in Dallas, Texas. KFPI specializes in fire safety solutions for the global semiconductor industry, with offices throughout USA, Asia, & Europe.  Matt began his career as Semiconductor Loss Prevention Specialist with FM Global and has been designing, consulting, and providing fire safety solutions for semiconductor equipment for the past 20+ years.  Matt currently serves as the Leader of the SEMI Standards Committee for Fire Protection, active participant in SEMI Energetics Task Force Committee, active Member of the NFPA 318 Committee, serves on the SESHA BOD, and has presented on various fire safety topics at SESHA Annual Symposium & Local Chapter Events many times in the past.


SESHA 42nd Annual Symposium (2020)

SESHA 2020 will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort, located only 11 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, April 13 – 17, 2020. This will be a perfect platform to participate in discussing cutting edge high technology ESH topics, foster collaborations, and network with top industry professionals, while experiencing a favorite location for SESHA meetings. Just outside of Old Scottsdale and overlooking Camelback Mountain in the heart of Scottsdale, the Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort is just minutes from championship golf courses, spa facilities, over 320 retail shops, dining at over 90 restaurants, over 80 art galleries, MLB Spring Training and outdoor recreation. Scottsdale is annually rated among the nation’s most desirable communities to visit. Scottsdale’s vibrant downtown is considered the finest urban center in Arizona.


Fire Safety Leadership

In addition to fire safety solutions for semiconductor equipment, KFPI also provides fire safety leadership in the semiconductor EHS arena. We provide fire safety recommendations for industry improvements, equipment fire safety risk assessment and consulting, and system inspections and audits – regardless of size and scope of the requirement. KFPI also offers fire safety testing for semiconductor process chemistries and fire safety hazards, as well as research and development of new fire safety products and fire safety methodologies.

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