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Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Information

2000 Emergency Response Guidebook

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The Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG2008) was developed jointly by the US Department of Transportation, Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation of Mexico (SCT) for use by 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. It is primarily a guide to aid 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. The ERG is updated every three to four years to accommodate new products and technology. The next version is scheduled for 2004.

DOT's goal is to place one ERG2008 in each emergency service vehicle, nationwide, through distribution to state and local public safety authorities. To date, more than seven million copies have been distributed without charge to the emergency responder community. Copies are made available free of charge to public emergency responders through the state coordinator (U.S. only) nearest you. In Canada, contact CANUTEC at 613-992-4624 or via Internet at canutec@tc.gc.ca for information. In Mexico, call SCT at 52-5-684-1275. Copies are also available commercially through the GPO Bookstores and other commercial vendors.

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Keep information on hazardous material handling close at hand.

To view/print the Guide Page(s) corresponding to the material you are shipping click on the appropriate link below.
 
bulletFull Version of the ERG2008 (2.8M) image idicating that this  is a pdf file
bulletERG2008 State Coordinators List
bulletDOD Point of Contact for the ERG 2008
bulletFederal Agencies Point of Contact for the ERG 2008
bulletSummary of Changes from ERG2000 image idicating that this  is a pdf file
bulletSearch by Name of Material
bulletSearch by Identification Number
bulletSearch the Table of Initial Isolation and Protective Action Distances
bulletCommercial Suppliers (197K) image idicating that this  is a pdf file of: bulletEmergency Response Guidebook 2008 (ERG2008)
bulletDOT Chart 12 (Marking, Labeling, and Placarding Guides)
bulletSources of Hazardous Materials Regulations and Other Publications
bulletPublications Containing International Requirements
bulletAvailable Documents and Files bulletSpanish version of the 2004 Emergency Response Guide bulletArgonne National Laboratory Report (4M) image idicating that this  is a pdf file

Development of the Table of Initial Isolation and Protective Action Distances for the 2004 Emergency Response Guidebook

RSPA welcomes constructive comments for improvements to the ERG2000. Comments should be sent either by
email, or in writing to the Office of Hazardous Materials Initiatives and Training, DHM-50, Research and Special Programs Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 7th St., S.W., Washington, DC 20590. horizontal rule

Hazardous Materials Name Search

(For a quick search, click on the first letter of the name of the material you are shipping. If the name begins with a prefix (e.g., n-, sec-, tert-, N-, etc.) go to the first letter after the prefix (e.g., tert-Butyl peroxyacetate would be listed under 'B'). If the name begins with a number (e.g., 2, 2'-Azodi-(2-methylbutyronitrile)) go to the first letter after the number.)
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Hazardous Material Identification Number search

1001 - 1200 1201 - 1400 1401 - 1600 1601 - 1800 1801 - 2000 2001 - 2200
2201 - 2400 2401 - 2600 2601 - 2800 2801 - 3000 3001 - 3200 3203 - 3300
3301 - 3468 8000 - 9500

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This list of Identification Numbers, Material Names, and associated Guide Numbers differ slightly from the format in the "Yellow Bordered Pages" of the 2000 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG2000) in that there are no highlighted entries to identify materials that are Poisonous/Toxic by Inhalation (TIH) or Dangerous Water-Reactive Materials. In the ERG2000, highlighted entries refer the user to the "Green Bordered Pages" for additional guidance. On this web page, highlighted entries are being replaced by the following two images:

TIH Material If this image appears in association with the Identification Number, click on it to view/print the Table of Initial Isolation and Protective Action Distances for that material.
TIH & Water Reactive If this image appears in association with the Identification Number, click on it to view/print the Table of Initial Isolation and Protective Action Distances and the Table of Water-reactive Materials Which Produce Toxic Gases. horizontal rule

Isolation Distances

The Table of Initial Isolation and Protective Action Distances suggests distances useful to protect people from vapors resulting from spills involving dangerous goods which are considered poisonous/toxic by inhalation (TIH). The Table provides first responders with initial guidance until technically qualified emergency response personnel are available. Distances show areas likely to be affected during the first 30 minutes after materials are spilled and could increase with time.

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