Emergency Response Guide Book 2020 Edition

Emergency Response Guide Book 2020 Edition
Emergency Response Guide Book 2020 Edition
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The official Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) is a guide for use by transporters, firefighters, police, and other emergency services personnel who may be the first to arrive at the scene of a transportation incident involving a hazardous material, such as an oil or chemical spill. It is used by first responders in:

(1) quickly identifying the specific or generic classification of the material(s) involved in the incident, and

(2) protecting themselves and the general public during this initial response phase of the incident.

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Table of Contents

Shipping Papers (Documents)   1

Inside front cover How to Use this Guidebook  1

Local Emergency Telephone Numbers  2

Safety Precautions  4

Notification and Request for Technical Information 5

Hazard Classification System   6

Introduction to the Table of Markings, Labels And Placards  7

Table of Markings, Labels, and Placards and Initial Response Guide to Use On-scene  8

Rail Car Identification Chart   10

Road Trailer Identification Chart  12

Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) 16

Hazard Identification Numbers Displayed On Some Intermodal Containers  18

Pipeline Transportation  22

ID Number Index (yellow pages)  28

Name of Material Index (blue pages) 92

Guides (orange pages)  156

Introduction to Green Tables  286

Protective Actions  289

Protective Action Decision Factors to Consider  291

Background on Table 1 – Initial Isolation and Protective Action Distances   292

Table 1 – Initial Isolation and Protective Action Distances 294

Table 2 – Water-Reactive Materials That Produce Toxic Gases .  344

Table 3 – Initial Isolation and Protective Action Distances for Large Spills for Different Quantities of Six Common TIH (PIH in the US) Gases  350 ERG2020 User’s Guide  354

Protective Clothing 360

Decontamination  362

Fire and Spill Control  363

BLEVE and Heat Induced Tear 365

BLEVE – Safety Precautions  366

Criminal or Terrorist Use of Chemical, Biological and Radiological Agents 368

Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Safe Stand-Off Distance  373

Glossary  375

Publication Data  386

Canada and United States National Response Centers  389

24-Hour Emergency Response Telephone Numbers  392


First responders and emergency officials will find this resource useful.


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