2016 ERG - Emergency Response Guidebook

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The 2016 ERG can help you satisfy DOT's requirement that hazardous materials shipments be accompanied by emergency response information (49 CFR 172.602). Numerically indexed and color-coded, the DOT Emergency Response Guidebook helps emergency responders find vital information fast. It's also a great tool to aid in emergency preparedness, planning, and training – for drivers and non-drivers alike.

Emergency Response Guidebook

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Pocket Size, Spiral Bound

ERG Pocket Size, Spiral Bound

4" x 5.5"

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Standard Size, Softbound

ERG Standard Size, Softbound

5.5" x 7.5"

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Standard Size, Spiral Bound

ERG Standard Size, Spiral Bound

5.5" x 7.5"

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Standard Size, Softbound, Spanish

ERG Standard Size, Softbound, Spanish

5.5" x 7.5"

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2012 to 2016 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) Changes Summary

  • "How to use this Guidebook" instructions are now in a flowchart
  • Many sections have been expanded and/or revised, including:
    • Shipping documents (Papers)
    • Table of markings, labels and placards and initial response guide to use on-scene
    • Rail car and road trailer identification charts (including more detailed information on each)
    • Pipeline transportation
    • Protective clothing
    • Improvised explosive device (IED) safe stand off distance chart
    • Glossary
    • Emergency response telephone numbers
  • New sections have been added:
    • Local emergency response numbers (to be filled by user)
    • Table of Contents
    • Globally harmonized systems (GHS) of classification and labeling of chemicals
    • Information about emergency response assistance plans (ERAP) for Canadian users
  • Index list of dangerous goods in order of ID number (yellow-bordered pages), and the Index list of dangerous goods in alphabetical order (blue-bordered pages):
    • Addition of all new dangerous goods listed in the UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods up to the 19th revised edition
  • Emergency response guides ("Guides"/orange-bordered pages):
    • Revision of some guide information
    • Two guides have been added for adsorbed gases
    • Identification of potential emergency response assistance plan (ERAP) products for Canadian users
  • Table of initial isolation and protective action distances (Green-bordered pages):
    • Updated initial isolation and protective action distances (Tables 1 and 3) based on new toxicity data and reactivity research
    • Added "Estimating wind speed from environmental clues" for Table 3

Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) FAQs

Where in the hazmat regulations can I find the ERG?

The ERG is not regulations, so it is not found in the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). 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 Emergency Response Guide to accompany my shipping papers when transporting hazmat?

The hazmat regulations found in §172.602 require most hazardous materials 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 these requirements.

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

No. The Hazardous Materials Regulations do not require the use of an ERG. 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 info.

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

Yes, if the ERG meets the found 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 Emergency Response Guidebook?

No, as long as the ERG they are using meets the requirements of §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 version?

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.

When is the next edition of the ERG expected to be available?

The ERG is usually updated and released every four years. The next edition is anticipated in 2020.