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2012 Emergency Response Guidebook

A Guidebook for First Responders During the Initial Phase of a Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials Transportation Incident

Emergency Response Guidebook 2012    
Format Softcover (14cm x 19cm; 5½" x 7½")
Catalogue No. T22-44/2012E
Pages 388
Language English; Aussi disponible en français
Price $9.95

Produced jointly by Transport Canada, the U.S. Department of Transport and the Secretariat of Transport and Communications of Mexico.
Published in Canada by Canadian Government Publishing, 2012.

The 2012 edition is expected to be released in June 2012. The 2008 edition was released June 2008.


The 2012 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG2012) 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.

ERG2012 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. ERG2012 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.

The book is indexed numerically and colour-coded so that vital information can be found quickly and easily.

Summary of changes from ERG2008 to ERG2012:
  • Various sections have been expanded or revised, including:
    • Shipping Documents (Papers)
    • How to Use this Guidebook During an Incident
    • User's Guide
    • Isolation and Evacuation Distances
    • Who to Call for Assistance
    • Table of Placards and Initial Response Guide to Use On-Scene
    • Rail Car Identification Chart
    • Fire and Spill Control
    • Pipeline Safety Information
    • Criminal/Terrorist Use of Chemical/Biological/Radiological Agents
    • Glossary
    • Publication Data (and related information
    • Emergency Response Telephone Numbers
  • Index List of Dangerous Goods in Order of ID Number and Index List of Dangerous Goods in Alphabetical Order (yellow and blue-bordered pages) have been updated to the 17th edition of the UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods
  • Safety Recommendation/Emergency Response Guides (orange-bordered pages): Tune-up of some guides
  • Table of Initial Isolation and Protective Action Distances (green-bordered pages): Tune-up of initial isolation and protective action distances
  • Added Table 3, six common TIH gases
  • BLEVE Chart added to the Fire and Spill Control section
  • Improvised Explosive Devices safe standoff distances chart added to the criminal/terrorist section
Published every four years, the Emergency Response Guidebook is a vital tool in providing initial guidance to emergency services personnel responding to hazardous material incidents.

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This page last modified: June 25, 2012

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