2004 Emergency Response Guidebook by U.S. Department of Transportation

By U.S. Department of Transportation

This advisor used to be built together through the U.S. division of Transportation, shipping Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation of Mexico (SCT) to be used by way of firefighters, police, and different emergency providers body of workers who could be the first to reach on the scene of a transportation incident related to a unsafe fabric. it truly is essentially a advisor to help first responders in (1) quick picking the explicit or widespread type of the material(s) inquisitive about the incident, and (2) holding themselves and most of the people in this preliminary reaction part of the incident. The ERG is up-to-date each 3 to 4 years to deal with new items and know-how.
entrance topic
• desk of Contents
how you can Use This Guidebook
desk of Placards and preliminary reaction courses to exploit On-Scene
• Numerical Index of harmful items
• Alphabetical Index of risky items
security advice courses
desk of preliminary Isolation and protecting motion Distances
• desk of Water-Reactive fabrics Which Produce poisonous Gases
• protecting garments
• hearth and Spill regulate
• Criminal/Terrorist Use of Chemical/Biological brokers
• thesaurus

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Cargo may EXPLODE! • Stop all traffic and clear the area for at least 500 meters (1/3 mile) in all directions and let burn. • Do not move cargo or vehicle if cargo has been exposed to heat. TIRE or VEHICLE Fires • Use plenty of water - FLOOD it! If water is not available, use CO 2 , dry chemical or dirt. • If possible, and WITHOUT RISK, use unmanned hose holders or monitor nozzles from maximum distance to prevent fire from spreading to cargo area. • Pay special attention to tire fires as re-ignition may occur.

Keep victim warm and quiet. Ensure that medical personnel are aware of the material(s) involved and take precautions to protect themselves. Page 189 GU I DE 121 E RG 2 0 0 4 G ASES - INERT POTENTIAL HAZARDS HEALTH • Vapors may cause dizziness or asphyxiation without warning. • Vapors from liquefied gas are initially heavier than air and spread along ground. FIRE OR EXPLOSION • Non-flammable gases. • Containers may explode when heated. • Ruptured cylinders may rocket. PUBLIC SAFETY • CALL Emergency Response Telephone Number on Shipping Paper first.

PROTECTIVE CLOTHING • Wear positive pressure self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). • Structural firefighters’ protective clothing will only provide limited protection. EVACUATION Large Spill • Consider initial downwind evacuation for at least 800 meters (1/2 mile). Fire • If tank, rail car or tank truck is involved in a fire, ISOLATE for 1600 meters (1 mile) in all directions; also, consider initial evacuation for 1600 meters (1 mile) in all directions. Page 180 E RG 2 0 0 4 G ASES - F LAMMABLE (U NSTABLE ) GU I DE 116 EMERGENCY RESPONSE FIRE • DO NOT EXTINGUISH A LEAKING GAS FIRE UNLESS LEAK CAN BE STOPPED.

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