Emergency Response Guidebook 2008 Revisions of Note

Issue 110 and Volume 162.

BY STEPHEN L. HERMANN The Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) for hazardous materials, jointly developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Transport and Communications of Mexico, is intended to be placed in every fire apparatus, emergency medical service vehicle, and police car in the nation. Updated and reissued every three to four years, the latest edition, ERG2008, updates the 2004 edition. The next edition will appear in 2012. It is also available in online and interactive editions in English, Spanish, and French.   REVISIONS   Although ERG2008 has no major changes from the 2004 edition (ERG2004), there have been hundreds of revisions to initial isolation and protective action distances. In the ERG2008, the following items have been added, expanded, or revised from the ERG2004: White Pages (General Information): Shipping Documents (Papers). How to Use this Guidebook During an Incident Involving Dangerous Goods. ERG2008 User’s…

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