Emergency Response Guidebook FAQs

When will the 2016 ERG be available?

The 2016 ERG is anticipated to be released by the DOT in early 2016.

Where in the hazmat regulations can I find the ERG?

The ERG is not regulations and is not found in the hazmat regulations. The ERG is a guidebook developed by DOT for first responders (police, firefighters) to use when they first arrive at a hazmat incident.

Why do I need the ERG to accompany my shipping papers when transporting hazmat?

The hazmat regulations require most hazmat shipments to have emergency response information on or with the shipping papers. The ERG is one of several ways that may be used to satisfy the emergency response information requirements found in §172.602.

Do the hazmat regulations require the newest edition of the ERG?

No. The hazmat regulations do not even require the use of any ERG. The ERG is one of several ways that may be used to satisfy the emergency response information requirements found in §172.602. However, PHMSA has clarified that the most up-to-date emergency response information should be used to satisfy §172.602. The 2016 ERG contains the most up-to-date emergency response information.

Can someone use an old ERG to meet the emergency response information requirements specified in Section 172.602?

Yes, if the ERG meets the emergency response information requirements in §172.602 and contains the most up-to-date emergency response information for the shipment.

Can someone be fined for not using the newest ERG?

No, as long as the ERG they are using meets the emergency response information requirements in §172.602 and contains the most up-to-date emergency response information for the shipment.

Is there a grace period for switching from an old ERG to the newest ERG?

No, switching is not mandatory.

Why should I use the 2016 ERG?
  • It contains the most up-to-date emergency response information;
  • It contains new shipping names and ID numbers, not in previous editions;
  • It eliminates the hassle of checking previous editions for up-to-date response information for a shipment;
  • It eliminates the worry of not having the correct response information;
  • It’s the easiest way to comply with §172.602; and
  • Enforcement expects to see the most current edition, 2016 ERG.

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