2016 ERG Emergency Response Guidebook
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The preparation of this book is a joint effort between the transportation agencies of the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
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The Emergency Response Guidebook is used by emergency services personnel to provide guidance for initial response to hazardous material and dangerous goods incidents. This publication helps to provide consistent emergency response procedures for hazardous materials in North America, and is an essential tool for preparedness, planning and training. Available in standard (5.5" x 7.5") and pocket (4" x 5.5") size versions.
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Summary of changes to the 2016 ERG
- Replaced written instructions on page 1 with a flow chart to show how to use the 2016 ERG
- Expanded Table of Placards and updated title to Table of Markings, Labels, and Placards and Initial Response Guide to Use on Scene
- Expanded Rail Car Identification Chart and Road Trailer Identification Chart to two pages each
- Updated Table 1 and Table 3 based on new TIH data and reactivity research
- Updated pipeline emergency response information
- Added information about Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) markings
- Added all new dangerous goods/hazardous materials listed in UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods to 19th Revised Edition
- Added information on Emergency Response Assistance Plans (ERAP) applicable in Canada
Currently electronic files, including the ERG App, cannot be substituted for hard copy documents to comply with the requirements of the Emergency Response Information requirements of Subpart G of Part 172. The intent of this regulation is to ensure that the emergency response information be provided together with the shipping paper in an accessible manner. In accordance with 49 CFR Part 107, Subpart B, a person interested in displaying emergency response information in alternate manner may request a special permit from the Associate Administrator for Hazardous Materials Safety.