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J. J. Keller protects people and the businesses they run. You can trust our expertise across a wide range of subjects relating to labor, transportation, environmental, and worker safety. Our deep knowledge of federal and state agencies is built on a strong foundation of more than 100 editors and consultants and 70+ years of regulatory compliance experience.

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J. J. Keller protects people and the businesses they run. You can trust our expertise across a wide range of subjects relating to labor, transportation, environmental, and worker safety. Our deep knowledge of federal and state agencies is built on a strong foundation of more than 100 editors and consultants and 70+ years of regulatory compliance experience.

  • English Emergency Response Guide helps satisfy 49 CFR 172.602 — DOT requirement that hazardous materials shipments be accompanied by emergency response info
  • ERG book aids in emergency preparedness, planning, and training
  • Numerically indexed and color-coded to help emergency responders find vital information fast
  • Guidebook available in standard size (5-1/2" x 7-1/2") or pocket size (4" x 5-1/2")

2024 ERG Summary of Changes

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has released a comprehensive summary highlighting the most significant updates in the 2024 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG). One of the most innovative changes, was the addition of a QR code that code that was incorporated into the back cover of the hard copy version of 2024 ERG, providing instant access to critical incident reporting information for first responders on the scene.

Additional changes, arranged by the color coded sections of the ERG include:

White Section:

  • Removing the outdated triangular Marine Pollutant marking and yellow Division 5.2 placard from the Table of Markings, Labels, and Placards.
  • Adding new descriptive text to the Road Trailer ID Chart.
  • Adding a cryogenic railcar to the Railcar ID Chart.
  • Adding a table to help decide whether evacuation or shelter-in-place is the best option.
  • Creating a new Criminal or Terrorist Use of Chemical, Biological and Radiological Agents section. All Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents considerations that were found throughout the ERG are now collected in this new section. Chemical Warfare Agents (CWA) are now listed based on their type and symptoms, not by their name.
  • Expanding the glossary to include 14 new terms.

Yellow/Blue Section:

  • Adding 11 new UN numbers and removing 8 obsolete UN numbers to harmonize the ERG with international Dangerous Goods Regulations.
  • Changing the guide number to 19 materials to ensure they are assigned to the appropriate Orange guide.
  • Removing the Chemical warfare agents and incorporating them into the Criminal or Terrorist Use of Chemical, Biological and Radiological Agents section in the White pages.
  • Adding the polymerization hazard (P) to UN3302 - 2-Dimethylaminoethyl acrylate, Stabilized.

Orange Section:

  • Moving the general first aid recommendations to a new General First Aid section (found before Guide 111)— keeping only material-specific recommendations in Orange guide pages.
  • Adding, expanding, removing, or revising the safety and response information in 15 guides, which include guides: 115, 118, 128, 130, 131, 136, 138, 140, 147, 151, 153, 156, 159, 166, and 171.

Green Section:

  • Removing the Chemical warfare agents incorporating them into the Criminal or Terrorist Use of Chemical, Biological and Radiological Agents tab in the White section.
  • Revised distances in Table 1 and Table 3.

Industry: Transportation

Average Rating: 5.0

BVNumberOfReviews: 63, 62, 64, 65

ISBN: 979-8-88912-284-5

UPC: 755547036950