2016 Emergency Response Guidebook

Emergency Response Guidebook

The 2016 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG2016) was developed jointly by Transport Canada (TC), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the Secretariat of Transport and Communications of Mexico (SCT) and with the collaboration of CIQUIME (Centro de Informaciòn Quìmica para Emergencias) of Argentina, for use by fire fighters, police, and other emergency services personnel who may be the first to arrive at the scene of a transportation incident involving dangerous goods.

The ERG2016 is primarily a guide to aid first responders in quickly identifying the specific or generic hazards of the material(s) involved in the incident, and protecting themselves and the general public during the initial response phase of the incident.

This guidebook will assist responders in making initial decisions upon arriving at the scene of a dangerous goods incident. It should not be considered as a substitute for emergency response training, knowledge or sound judgment. ERG2016 does not address all possible circumstances that may be associated with a dangerous goods incident. It is primarily designed for use at a dangerous goods incident occurring on a highway or railroad. Be mindful that there may be limited value in its application at fixed facility locations.


Comments about the Emergency Response Guidebook

Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG): Canada in collaboration with the United States and Mexico prepares an Emergency Response Guidebook for accidents involving dangerous goods. This Guidebook has existed, in one form or another, since the latter part of the 70's.

Within the Canadian Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Program, CANUTEC continuously work at keeping the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) up-to-date, including a PC version, and an On-line version of the ERG.

CANUTEC is in constant contact with end-users of the Guidebook who are mostly fire-fighters, police officers and private emergency responders (normally from industry).

Constructive comments concerning the ERG2016 are solicited; in particular, comments concerning its use in handling incidents involving dangerous goods. Comments should be addressed to:

Director, CANUTEC
Transport Dangerous Goods
Transport Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada K1A 0N5

Phone: 613-992-4624 (information)
FAX: 613-954-5101
Email: canutec@tc.gc.ca

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