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Emergency Response Guidebook (Transport Canada)
The ERG2016 is primarily a guide to aid first responders in quickly identifying the specific or generic hazards of the material(s) involved in the incident, and protecting themselves and the general public during the initial response phase of the incident.

FEMA Hazardous Materials Guide for First Responders
This book provides important information for the initial response to both transportation and fixed facility incidents. It has been designed to present the first responder with a maximum amount of useful key information in a limited amount of space. Download PDF

Nine Classes of Hazardous Materials
This two-page PDF covers the 9 classes of hazardous materials according to the US Department of Transportation.

NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
The NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards (NPG) informs workers, employers, and occupational health professionals about workplace chemicals and their hazards. The NPG gives general industrial hygiene information for hundreds of chemicals/classes. The NPG clearly presents key data for chemicals or substance groupings (such as cyanides, fluorides, manganese compounds) that are found in workplaces. The guide offers key facts, but does not give all relevant data. The NPG helps users recognize and control workplace chemical hazards. Download PDF

WISER - Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders
WISER is a system designed to assist emergency responders in hazardous material incidents. WISER provides a wide range of information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, containment and suppression advice.

Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations (CAMEO)

The CAMEO software suite is a set of tools designed to assist emergency planning and response — especially for those events related to hazardous chemicals. CAMEO is freely available from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

There are four core programs in the suite:

  • ALOHA estimates threat zones for chemical spills, including toxic gas clouds, fires, and explosions.
  • CAMEO Chemicals (mobile site) provides critical response information and physical properties about thousands of hazardous chemicals. The program also estimates how chemicals could react if they were mixed together.
  • CAMEOfm allows you to manage emergency planning and response data about chemicals in your community, including facilities, chemical inventories, contact information, transportation routes, past incidents, special locations of interest, and response resources.
  • MARPLOT shows you all the geospatial information together on a map. You can see whether ALOHA threat zones might impact vulnerable locations of interest (such as hospitals and schools) from CAMEOfm. You can also add you own layers and objects to the map.

CAMEO programs can be obtained from the US Environmental Protection Agency and the NOAA Office of Response and Restoration.

Labeling Systems for Dangerous Goods

Dangerous Goods Safety Marks (Transport Canada)

DOT Hazmat Labels, Placards and Markings

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Specific Hazards

Dangerous Goods

Combustible Metals (University of Pittsburgh Safety Manual)
This useful document lists guidelines for working with, handling, and storing combustible metals.

Toxic Chemicals

Clandestine Labs (AEMA case study)

Carfentanil: A Grain of Salt
“Today, there is a new class of drugs that poses a challenge to ALL responders that should serve as a paradigm shift. Illicit drug use can now significantly and fatally affect the responders through skin contact (absorption) or inhalation. Fentanyl and its analogues (acrylfentanyl, sufentanil, carfentanil, etc.) are being used alone or mixed with other drugs for illicit use and the rate and impacts are alarming. Compounding the problem is that carfentanil and other analogs are readily available.”

Organic Peroxides: Chemical Hazards and Risks (University of Nebraska)

Transportation Rail Incident Preparedness and Response

The Transportation Rail Incident Preparedness and Response, Flammable Liquid Unit Trains resource materials were developed to provide critical information on best practices related to rail incidents involving hazard class 3 flammable liquids, such as crude oil and ethanol.