How to use the Emergency Response Guidebook.

Learn how to effectively reference the ERG in a hazardous material incident.

As an emergency responder, it’s crucial to understand how to use the emergency response guidebook (ERG) before an incident ever happens. This book is your go-to manual for determining how to quickly deal with hazardous materials incidents and develop emergency plans and evacuation procedures.

Let’s review how to read and interpret this book, so you know how to use it when it counts the most.

The color and meaning of each section.

In the presence of a hazardous spill involving the transportation of dangerous goods, you’ll need to be able to reference the ERG and understand how to best respond. The guidebook is divided into five color-coded sections to help you respond quickly. These sections are:

Updated guidebooks.

Every four years, the U.S. Department of Transportation updates the ERG. Depending on your job, you may need to take a refresher course or sign documentation stating that you’ve reviewed any new information. Staying on top of current documents can help you feel informed and prepared on the scene, whatever the incident may bring.

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