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Field Guide to Tank Cars Now Available

Association of American Railroads and the Bureau of Explosives is pleased to offer the 2017 Field Guide to Tank Cars is intended to be used by emergency responders and others involved with railroad tank cars. It provides information on the types, safety systems, stenciling, and markings of tank cars utilized to transport regulated (hazardous materials/dangerous goods) and non-regulated commodities.

Download: Field Guide to Tank Cars

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2016 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG)


Quickly Identify Hazmat Emergency Procedures

PHMSA's 2016 Emergency Response Guidebook provides first responders with a go-to manual to help deal with hazmat transportation accidents during the critical first 30 minutes.

DOT's goal is to place an ERG in every public emergency service vehicle nationwide. To date, nearly 14.5 million free copies have been distributed to the emergency response community through state emergency management coordinators. Members of the public may purchase a copy of the ERG through the GPO Bookstore and other commercial suppliers.

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NIOSH Launches Mobile APP for Chemical Hazard Guide
For more than 40 years, safety and health professionals and others have relied on the NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards. Now a mobile app for the guide offers quick access to information on more than 600 chemicals. The pocket guide, created by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), informs workers, employers, and EHS professionals about workplace chemicals and their hazards by providing industrial hygiene information for hundreds of chemicals and classes.

NIOSH says the new app puts the information at a user’s fingertips. It contains all of the content from the Pocket Guide, allowing for quick searches by chemical name, trade name or synonym, DOT number, and CAS number. 

Users can store chemical records as “favorites” for later use and can control which data about a given chemical is displayed. 

To install the mobile NIOSH Pocket Guide

NFPA Releases High Hazard Flammable Trains (HHFT) On-Scene Incident Commander Field Guides
The NFPA Research Foundation has released two reports that may be of interest to the Hazardous Materials Response and Training communities pertaining to HHFT and flammable liquid pipeline incidents. The field guides are focused towards the On-Scene Incident Commander and were developed for the NFPA Research Foundation by Hildebrand and Noll Associates, Inc.   

Report 1: High Hazard Flammable Trains (HHFT) On-Scene Incident Commander Field Guide
Report 2:   Liquid Petroleum Pipeline Emergencies On-Scene Incident Commander Field Guide

USDOT/PHMSA Offers NEW Hazardous Materials Transportation Training Modules

This new on-line training program introduces users to the HMR, and may be used to meet the requirements for general awareness/familiarization training, or as the basis for developing function-specific training programs.  

To Go To the HMT Training Modules

Current U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations require initial and recurrent training of all employees who perform work functions covered by the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180). Any employee whose work directly affects hazardous materials transportation safety is required to have training.

The Office of Hazardous Materials Safety has developed training modules that meet the requirements for general awareness training as prescribed in Title 49 CFR, Part 172, Subpart H.

The Hazardous Materials Transportation Training Modules contain an interactive training program for individual instruction. The training modules are available at:

Comments on this Phase 1 release of the Hazmat Transportation Training Modules may be sent to All comments will be evaluated for inclusion in Phase 2, planned for release in late 2016.

This free, on-line training program combines text, graphics, exercises, and tests in an interactive format. Upon completion of each module, a record of your test results will be available to print and save.

Note: This program is for training purposes only and is not a substitute for the HMR. Although the modules included in this program will be updated periodically, the regulations may change more frequently. To ensure that you are in compliance with current regulations, consult a current copy of the HMR and any subsequent final rules published in the Federal Register.

CP Offers Online Training Resources for Responders 


CP launched a new web resource dedicated to responders to learn more about their training, tools, planning and response networks. Don't miss CP's online Awareness Training program for first responders​. In the past five years, CP has trained over 20,000 emergency responders on HazMat respons​e through its emergency training exercises. And to future demonstrate their commitment to the response community and training, CP has also converted a DOT111 general service car to train responders on the construction, identifiable markings, valves, and general operations of a tank car​​​.  
Learn More About CP

BNSF Railway Dedicated to Communicating with Responders

Railroads carry some hazardous freight and it is of the utmost importance for our customers, the communities through which we operate and our employees that we handle these shipments safely.

Operating free of accidents and injuries has long been part of BNSF's vision and our focus has been on preventing accidents in the first place. BNSF has established a website,, as a way to communicate with first responders.

By using this website, first responders can do the following:
•Participate in online BNSF hazmat training
•Schedule BNSF hazmat training
•Download a summary of BNSF's System Emergency Response Plan
•Request a hazmat traffic flow report
•Request access to AskRail™

NS Launches OAR Web Site

Operation Awareness & Response (OAR), was launched in 2015 to educate the public about the economic importance of the safe movement of hazardous materials by rail and to connect emergency first responders in Norfolk Southern communities with information and training resources.

The goal of OAR is to strengthen relationships with the first responders across the NS network.  Norfolk Southern has been providing safety training for emergency responders through community outreach programs such as TRANSCAER® for years.  OAR will build on those efforts focusing on closer relationships with local and state agencies, increased training opportunities (classroom, web-based, and on-line resources), table-tops drills and participation in full-scale exercises, and providing better resources for emergency responders such as the AskRail mobile app that allows and first responders to use their mobile phones to look up commodity and response information on shipments.  The OAR program also includes a continued commitment to providing emergency responders high-level training at the Security and Emergency Response Training Center (SERTC) in Pueblo, Co. In  April 2016, Norfolk Southern will be unveiling a brand new safety train, with a dedicated locomotive, specially equipped classroom box cars, and several tanks cars for additional hands-on training along our lines.

Union Pacific Railroad Dedicated to Working with First Responders
The Union Pacific Hazardous Materials Management Group (HMM) consists of experts in hazardous material transportation safety, securement and response. They are dedicated to this four-part mission:


Learn More About UP Working With Responders

CSX Safe 

CSX Safe is a course designed by CSX to help local emergency responders manage incidents involving rail property and equipment. CSX is dedicated to managing safe railways, and by working together with professionals like you, we can better protect and serve the communities in which we live and work. Emergency response procedures require attention to detail. While this site is geared toward all responders, CSX provides discipline-specific training for police, fire & rescue, and other response agencies.

Learn More About CSX Safe

Crude Oil by Rail Response Safety Course

API, the Association of American Railroads and the member companies of both organizations have worked  to create a safety awareness course for first responders. The course, which will be offered through TRANSCAER® and can be reviewed online or presented in person by a TRANSCAER® approved instructor, is meant to provide some of the information first responders need to know before approaching an incident involving crude oil moved by rail. While crude oil is a flammable liquid and should be treated as such during a response, the growth in crude oil by rail has raised concerns about how first responders can be better prepared if an incident occurs. This program seeks to assist in preparation by describing the characteristics of crude oil and the rail cars it is shipped in, the RECEOS strategies that should be considered if crude oil is present, spill response and firefighting considerations, and the need for structured incident management.  This course has been designed for first responders with basic fighting training and is offered free of charge. Requests for in-person course instruction should be directed to your TRANSCAER® state coordinator. Also see the TRANSCAER® website for a calendar of course offerings, or contact Suzanne Lemieux at to request a specific event. 

The US DOT/PHMSA has  several tools to assist responders. Take time to visit their Emergency Response and Training Information page for the latest updated on Crude Oil tools. The US DOT/PHMSA is offering a helpful Commodity Preparedness and Incident Management Reference Sheet for PETROLEUM CRUDE OIL. 

This useful document guides you through a step-by-step approach to dealing with hazmat incidents specifically involving Petroleum Crude Oil. You should find this to be a useful tool your HAZMAT planning/preparedness/response toolbox.
Included on the PHMSA PETROLEUM CRUDE OIL REFERENCE Sheet, you will find:
d. SELECT AND IMPLEMENT RESPONSE OBJECTIVES (w/Questions/Response Considerations & Examples)


Safety and Security Guidelines for the Storage and Transportation of Fertilizer Grade Ammonium Nitrate at Retail Facilities

The purpose of these Guidelines is to outline best practices for the safety and security of fertilizer grade ammonium nitrate (FGAN) in storage and in transportation at fertilizer retail facilities. The new document can be used as a resource by the industry, government agencies and emergency responders. The document outlines storage and handling regulations put in place for FGAN facilities, as well as recommendations for first responders in the event of a fire. Compliance requirements for transporting FGAN via truck, highway, rail and barge are also provided. Click here to download a copy of the guidelines. 

Eliminating Fire Department Water Tanker/Rollovers is Goal of New NTTC/DOT Video
Cargo Tank Rollover Prevention Video is Now Available
The National Tank Truck Carriers understand that Vehicle rollovers involving fire department apparatus continue, particularly tenders/tankers used for transporting large volumes of water continue. To help prevent future incidents, they have created a video to help responders Understanding how to safety operate these vehicles which will help reduce rollover accidents. Vehicle accidents continue to be one of the leading causes of firefighter injuries and fatalities. The National Tank Truck Carriers has made this FREE DVD available for downloading from their website For a free copy of the DVD, contact NTTC at 703/838-1960, by email to, or by mail to NTTC, 950 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington VA 22203. None of this material is copyright protected. National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc. is the trade association of the tank truck industry.

RFA's Hinged and Bolted Manway Assembly resources for General Flammables
The Renewable Fuels Association has been very busy developing safety resources for the shippers of flammable materials by rail. Rail safety is vitally important to the RFA and something as simple as under tightening or over tightening a bolt on the manway can lead to an accidental release of product. This information can be viewed on our webpage. These materials are available to you at NO COST! Please let RFA know if they can mail to you copies of the guideline, brochure or poster by contacting RFA via email at or by phone at 402.391.1930.

PHMSA First Responder LNG Safety Video
There are over 300,000 miles of transmission lines carrying Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) across the United States, and over 1.8 million miles of local distribution lines. LNG supply and demand are both increasing, and the rate at which it is shipped into the country is also increasing.
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has produced an LNG training video specifically for fire marshals, fire chiefs, government officials and other personnel who may have a part in the planning and response to LNG incidents.
The 30-minute video is very comprehensive, covering:
• Physical properties of LNG as a cryogenic liquid and a flammable gas;
• Methods of transportation including marine tankers and trucks;
• Different types of pipelines and their use;
• Compression stations, placed every 100 miles of transmission lines;
• “Peak shaving” and other types of LNG storage facilities;
• The types of safety plans and mechanisms in place at all of the above.
The video discusses common accidents or incidents one can expect when LNG is involved, and also does a good job at describing the types of major accidents that have not happened but are possible.
(Source: PHMSA)

GHS - HAZCOM 2012 - Are YOU Ready?

HazCom 2012: helping to make the world smaller for first responders
OSHA’s Adoption of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) 
Courtesy of:
Bernadette Lindquist, PhD, DABT, Ashland Inc.
Keith Silverman, PhD, MPH, Ashland Inc. and National TRANSCAER® Task Group
The United Nations (UN) has long recognized that a common approach for
classifying and communicating chemical hazards would serve as the foundation
for effective national chemical hazard communication programs across the globe.
Learn More About GHS by reviewing:
HazCom 2012: helping to make the world smaller for first responders OSHA’s Adoption

Midland Emergency Response Kit (ERK)
A chemical leak in a railcar's valve or fitting connection can be hazardous, not only to rail personnel, but to the environment and local populations. Midland's Emergency Response Kit (ERK) has been designed to allow for the quick and safe capping of leaking fittings on the top of pressurized railcars.
Watch and learn how to properly install and use the Midland Emergency Response Kit.

Ethanol Emergency Response Coalition
The new Training Package for responding to ethanol incidents includes an instructors manual, a participant packet, interactive workshop materials, PowerPoint presentations, two videos and guidelines for fire departments to have ethanol production facilities in their communities. This extensive package is very beneficial giving the sources to be knowledgeable and prepared for any ethanol emergency situation. To view the content of this training package, visit the resources page.
If you have any questions, or if you would like to order a hard copy of the training package, contact
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Airgas Container Emergencies Program - ACE Program
ACE Program is designed to aid emergency responders in recognizing, identifying and understanding the basic components of cylinders, containers and cargo tank trucks used to transport Airgas chemicals. It addresses objectives for non-bulk and bulk containers used in the NFPA 472 Standard -- Professional Competencies For Responders To Hazardous Materials and WMD incidents.
To access this FREE online training program visit:

Update on CI Review of TGO Technologies ChlorTanker™
On behalf of The Chlorine Institute:
In September 2011, TGO Technologies issued advertisements in various publications,
including the Washington Post, promoting the ChlorTanker™, which is described as a secondary containment housing for use on chlorine bulk shipment and storage.  These ads include misleading claims regarding the Chlorine Institute Emergency “C” Kit and encourage stakeholders to sign a petition against use of the C-Kit, as this product is intended to be used as a replacement.  At the 2011 Fall Meeting, CI’s Transportation Issue Team chartered a task group to conduct a thorough technical evaluation of TGO’s equipment and determine if it is a concept that could be considered for use in industry.
Since that time, CI has corresponded with TGO several times attempting to gather additional information.  We have provided information to TGO at request, primarily CI publications.  At the current time, TGO has not answered all of the questions the task group needs answered in order to complete a comprehensive evaluation.  Many questions and concerns remain regarding TGO’s product.  Also, TGO appears to be using the CI “study” as an additional marketing tool, misunderstands the Institute’s mission relevant to safe transportation of chlorine and continues to promote its product by providing misleading allegations regarding use and training of the C-Kit, as made evident by TGO’s most recent direct marketing effort to industry stakeholders on April 4.
The primary concerns that remain relevant to the ChlorTanker™ include:
· The equipment and its intended use are not fully compliant with DOT hazmat regulations;
· It has not been approved by the AAR for use in chlorine tank car service;
· It appears that the product has not been tested and proven as an effective piece of equipment for its intended use; and
· Recommended instructions for proper use of this new piece of equipment have not been developed and, therefore, cannot be made available to potential users.  In fact, TGO has stated that the responsibility for developing such procedures lies with the users (i.e. chemical companies).
Because CI’s questions remain unanswered, after multiple attempts, we have sent a final response to TGO stating that CI will cease further technical evaluation and conclude communication.  We did offer to consider further evaluation in the future if TGO provides evidence that it is pursing the appropriate steps for using its product in service (i.e. seeking AAR approval, developed recommended instructions, etc.).
Attached you will find a revised C-Kit briefing paper.  The original briefing paper was distributed in December 2009 in response to TGO’s marketing outreach at that time.  The briefing paper has been revised to address issues that surfaced during the recent communications between CI and TGO.
Learn More /docs/general/Sponsors/2012-04-09 - CI Bulletin - Updated C-Kit Briefing - FINAL.pdf
Please contact Robyn Kinsley, if you have any questions:
Robyn Kinsley, Director, Transportation & Incident Analysis, The Chlorine Institute, Arlington, VA, 703.894.4123,

PHMSA Releases DOT Chart 15 
Chart 15
A Guide for Assessing Community Emergency Response Needs and Capabilities for Hazardous Materials Releases
This Guide is the result of a Hazardous Materials Cooperative Research Program (HMCRP)
project managed by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies. This Guide is designed to assist emergency response planning organizations at all jurisdictional levels in assessing their needs for hazmat emergency response, in assessing their capabilities to respond, and in identifying and addressing any significant shortfalls in coverage. Hazardous Materials Cooperative Research Programs Guide

Announcing the NEW Pipeline Emergences Second Edition
The National Association of State Fire Marshals, working with a cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, releas an updated and enhanced second edition of the Pipeline Emergencies curriculum.

PHMSA's first priority is safety - they want to help provide you, the emergency responder, with the information that you need about pipelines and the materials you carry within your response area. They also want to help you protect yourself if you’re ever called to a pipeline emergency.

Find out more about Pipeline Safety by following the Official U.S. Government Website for Pipeline Safety. This is an excellent resource for everything you need to know about Pipeline Safety.

Crisis City (Kansas) provides state-of-the-art training facilities to all emergency response and support agencies, whether in one of its classrooms or on any of the training venues. Crisis City is a multi-use, fully functional training complex for local, state, and federal responders, Emergency Management professionals, public and private industry safety professionals, and military operations in support of civil authorities.  Learn more by visiting Crisis City.

A new publication “What You Should Know: A Guide to Developing a Hazardous Materials Training Program” is now available for download from the PHMSA

The Ethanol Emergency Response Coalition (EERC) has compiled and released the Complete Training Guide for Ethanol Emergency Response, to help prepare ethanol producers, transporters and first responders who may experience or come in contact with an ethanol-related emergency.

CHLOREP Informational Bulletin
KIT C Application with Next Generation Fittings
CHLOREP BULLETIN Kit C Application with Next Generation Fittings Finall.pdf

Learn more about the Midland ERK and C Kit Mounting to the NGRTC “Enhanced Fittings” Package Midland ERK and C Kit Mounting to the NGRTC Microsoft PowerPoint -.pdf

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