Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG)

hazardous materials

The Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) was developed jointly in 2008 by the US Department of Transportation, Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation of Mexico (SCT) for use by firefighters, police, and other emergency services personnel who may be the first to arrive at the scene of a transportation incident involving a hazardous material. It is primarily a guide to aid first responders in (1) quickly identifying the specific or generic classification of the material(s) involved in the incident, and (2) protecting themselves and the general public during this initial response phase of the incident.

The ERG is updated every four years to accommodate new products and technology.

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