2016 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG)

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Comply with DOT Standards and ensure your shipments have the right emergency response information. The ERG is a guidebook intended for use by first responders during the initial phase of a transportation incident involving dangerous goods/hazardous materials (HazMat). 

 Summary of changes from ERG 2016

  • "How to use this Guidebook" instructions are now in a flowchart
  • Many sections have been expanded and/or revised, including:
    • Shipping documents (papers)
    • Table of markings, labels and placards and initial response guide to use on-scene
    • Rail car and road trailer identification charts (including more detailed information on each)
    • Pipeline transportation
    • Protective clothing 
    • Improvised explosive device (IED) safe stand off distance chart
    • Glossary
    • Emergency response telephone numbers
  • New sections have been added:
    • Local emergency response numbers (to be filled by user)
    • Table of contents
    • Globally harmonized systems (GHS) of classification and labeling of chemicals
    • Information about emergency response assistance plans (ERAP) for Canadian users
  • Index list of dangerous goods in order of ID number (yellow-bordered pages), and the index list of dangerous goods in alphabetical order (blue-bordered pages):
    • Addition of all new dangerous goods listed in the UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods up to the 19th revised edition
  • Emergency response guides ("Guides"/orange-bordered pages):
    • Revision of some guide information
    • Two guides have been added for absorbed gases 
    • Identification of potential emergency response assistance plan (ERAP) products for Canadian users
  • Table of initial isolation and protective action distances (Green-bordered pages): 
    • Updated initial isolation and protective action distances (Tables 1 and 3) based on new toxicity data and reactivity research
    • Added "Estimating wind speed from environmental clues" for Table 3 

Link to full PHMSA changes PDF file here

 Book Details:

• 5.5" x 7.5" softcover book
• 396 pages