The US Department of Transportation (DOT) and Transport Canada (TC) publish the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG), which provides valuable information to first responders during the initial phase of a dangerous goods/hazardous materials transportation incident. A new edition of this guidebook is published every four years, the most recent edition being published in 2012. There are some changes to the 2012 edition that Emergency Responders should know and understand. The Chlorine Institute has issued a bulletin to offer additional information regarding some of these changes.
The purpose of these guidelines is to provide useful information for Emergency responders who may have to handle an incident involving tank cars of AHCL.
The purpose of this document is to provide useful information for Emergency Responders who may have to handle an incident involving tank cars of hydrochloric acid solution.
The Chlorine Institute (CI) is pleased to announce the availability of a training DVD for first responders. The DVD is a Telly Award recipient for safety program excellence. The Institute undertook this project after identifying a need to improve awareness and preparation for the initial response to a chlorine emergency. This project is directly aligned with the Institute’s core mission of promoting chlorine safety. We expect this material to be a valuable resource in helping first responders prepare for the initial response to any chemical emergency, in particular one in which chlorine might be involved.
The material presented in the DVD was assembled primarily by a CI Task Group made up of a wide cross section of member companies representing producers, packagers, emergency responders and users of chlorine. The material is organized on an easily navigable DVD which includes a main segment of approximately 20 minutes which covers the basics of the response in that critical first 15 minutes. There are 10 tabs which cover topics including chlorine properties, mitigation and health effects in greater detail.
Special thanks to Reno, NV First Responder Aaron Crownover ,who narrates the material and James Flenner, Ph.D., of the Reno, NV Fire Department Hazmat Team who provided extensive on camera interviews. The participation of these individuals with real world experience in responding to emergencies makes this a more effective training tool. The Reno, NV Fire Department provided significant cooperation and assistance in this production. We are also thankful for input and contributions made by First Responders around the country who helped in the review, and to IMED Design of Reno which produced the materials.
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A self-assessment tool is now available for use with Chlorine Emergencies: A First Responder Overview. This assessment is intended for the use after viewing the material to verify that key points have been captured. Both an instructor version and a student version are available.