PHMSA releases 2016 Emergency Response Guidebook

Additions include guide pages for absorbed gases

Posted April 28, 2016

The 2016 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) has been released on April 26 by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

According to the agency’s summary of changes, the 2016 version of the ERG includes general revisions, expanded sections, and added guide pages for absorbed gases. Additionally, the “How to use this Guidebook” is now in a flowchart.

New sections have been added on local emergency response numbers (to be filled by user), globally harmonized systems (GHS) of classification and labeling of chemicals, and information about emergency response assistance plans (ERAP) for Canadian users.

Additional sections have been expanded and/or revised, including:

  • 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
  • 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

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