Seconds Count – Are You Prepared?
The TRANSCAER®Seconds Count – Are You Prepared? video series is designed with the notion that in an emergency, responders may have only seconds to react safely. Each of these fast-paced videos introduce a topic to the viewer. They deliver detailed information while also being easy to understand.
Quick overview of the FREE hazmat and transportation training that TRANSCAER provides.
Interviews with TRANSCAER Sponsors and Partners
2. Interview with John Modine, CHEMTREC
John Modine, Chief Executive of CHEMTREC discusses how TRANSCAER helps first responders and the benefits of emergency responders attending a TRANSCAER training event.
3. Interview with Keith Silverman, Ashland, NTTG Chairman
Keith Silverman, Ashland Inc., and Chairman of the National TRANSCAER Task Group discusses the partnerships established through TRANSCAER between industry and first responders.
4. Interview with Frank Reiner, The Chlorine Institute (CI)
Frank Reiner, President of the Chlorine Institute, discusses the importance of first responders and their response to incidents, and why TRANSCAER training is so valuable and why CI is committed to being a TRANSCAER sponsor.
5. Interview with Glen Rudner, Railroads
Glen Ruder, Norfolk Southern discusses the industry support and training programs the railroads offer through TRANSCAER. The video highlights Railroad 101 training topics and how to request training in your area. We encourage you to reach out to your Regional and State Coordinators – TRANSCAER training is FREE!
6. Interview with Bob Dinneen, Renewable Fuels Association
Bob Dinnen, former President & CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association discusses ethanol emergency response. Each year more than 14 billion gallons of ethanol flows through our country. The ethanol industry makes safety a top priority—including outreach to the emergency responder community.
7. Interview with Michael Cleveland, BNSF Railway
Hazmat responders and railroad personnel are prepared when an incident arises. Michael Cleveland, Manager of LNG Technology for BNSF Railway discusses the areas where responders will find LNG and why continued training is essential.
8. Interview with David Binder, Tanner Industries, Inc., Vice Chairman
Knowledge is power! David Binder, Vice Chairman of TRANSCAER discusses how TRANSCAER develops hazmat training programs to meet the needs of emergency responders.
Emergency Response Training Videos
9. What Happens When a Call Comes Into CHEMTREC?
CHEMTREC’s Emergency Service Specialists provide immediate guidance and access to a broad range of resources that can help mitigate hazmat incidents including a database of over 6 million Safety Data Sheets, access to medical experts and toxicologists, and interpretation capabilities for over 200 languages.
10. The Basic of Hazardous Material Placards
Learn how hazmat placards inform emergency responders about the contents of hazardous material shipments. The U.S. DOT requires placards for all bulk hazmat containers in transport (49CFR). This video details the placement of each item on the placard including the markings that identify a type of hazard, the DOT hazard classes, and the UN Number.
11. Mobile Apps for Emergency Responders
Get an overview of useful mobile apps for emergency responders, including the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG); AskRail®, WISER, and CAMEO.
12. Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Overview
Learn about the uses of liquefied natural gas (LNG), how it is made, and the ways the LNG industry is making safety a top priority.
13. What is IDLH?
The term immediately dangerous to life or health (IDLH) is defined by the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) as exposure to airborne contaminants that is "likely to cause death or immediate or delayed permanent adverse health effects or prevent escape from such an environment." First responders need to be aware of toxic inhalation hazards (TIH) and poison inhalation hazards (PIH).
14. What is the ERG?
The Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) provides first responders with a go-to manual to help deal with hazmat transportation incidents during the critical first 30 minutes. The ERG includes information on health effects, fire and explosion potential, public safety recommendations, emergency response, recommended protective clothing, leak and spill mitigation, and immediate first aid for exposure victims.
15. An Overview of Chlorine Container Auto-Refrigeration
When a chlorine container is punctured, allowing the chlorine to release, the chlorine will escape rapidly at first. As the chlorine is released, the pressurized container will equalize in pressure with the atmosphere once the liquid level drains below the puncture point. During this process, the chlorine cools down below its boiling point so much that it results in a visible frost on the container (i.e. auto-refrigeration). At this point, the rate of release will significantly decrease, although there can still be a considerable amount of liquid chlorine remaining in the container.
16. In 10 Seconds How Can You Tell if a Tank Car is Fully Loaded?
You can’t tell if a tank car is empty only by visual inspection. Emergency responders should always approach the situation as if the car was full. Gather all resources including consulting with railroad officials, check official paperwork (train consist), identify the placards, check the capacity stencil, utilize the AskRail® and ERG mobile apps. Never assume a tank car is empty!
17. Ethanol Tank Car Walkaround
Get an overview of tank car features including reporting marks, bottom outlet valves, “A” end and “B” end of a tank car, placarding, protective housings, valves, induction line (liquid line), and manway. Learn the difference between non-jacketed (bare skin) and jacketed tank cars.
18. Chlorine Tank Car Walkaround
Learn about the tank cars used to transport chlorine. This video provides an overview of jacketed pressure tank cars including its safety features, double shelf couplers, stenciling and markings on chlorine cars, liquid and vapor valves, and pressure relief device. It also explains how to take pressure readings, and gives a comparison of a traditional chlorine housing versus a next generation chlorine housing.
19. Anhydrous Ammonia Tank Truck Walkaround
Learn about the identification placards on an anhydrous ammonia tank truck. An overview of the tank truck features including the emergency shutoff valve and internal valves. Don’t forget about other hazards on an incident including—bent tire rims or tires, airbags, and airbrakes. It’s important to always be aware of everything on an incident site.
20. Anhydrous Ammonia Tank Car Walkaround
Understand the differences between a pressure car and general service car. Pressure cars have all the valves in a protective housing on top of the car. General service, non-pressure cars may have multiple fittings on the top and bottom of the car. Non-jacketed cars can carry anhydrous ammonia, but most are jacketed. One of the most important pieces of information is the car number.
21. Anhydrous Ammonia Nurse Tank Walkaround
Learn more about the features of an anhydrous ammonia nurse tank (also known as a bullet). You will see these nurse tanks on ranches for running water and anhydrous ammonia to field crops. On all four sides of the tank will be the DOT placard, inhalation hazard stickers, company sign or logo, an emergency phone number, birth plate, and a five-gallon safety water jug for ammonia exposure.
22. LNG Properties and Safety Considerations for First Responders
Learn about the physical properties of LNG including the three main hazards that LNG presents: flammability, vapor dispersion, and cryogenic temperatures.
23. What are the Chlorine Emergency Response Kits?
Learn more about the equipment used to respond to chlorine emergencies including the Chlorine Institute Emergency Kits and Recovery Vessel. The Chlorine Institute Emergency Kit “A” and Recovery Vessel can be utilized for 100- and 150-lb. cylinders, the Chlorine Institute Emergency Kit “B” is utilized for one ton containers, and the Chlorine Institute Emergency Kit “C” is used to contain a leak on a tank car or tank truck valve.
24. Hazmat Incident: What are the First Things I Do?
Approach cautiously! Secure the area, identify the hazards, and resist the urge to rush in to avoid becoming part of the problem. Visual vapors and actions of wildlife (especially birds) can provide important information to emergency responders. Then, assess the situation and obtain help.
25. DOT111 versus DOT117
The DOT117 tank is used for transportation of flammable liquids. It’s a general service tank car but varies from the DOT111. The DOT117 tank car is required to have a steel jacket with thermal protection under the jacket to protect the car in a pool fire or torch fire. All valves are in a protective housing to protect them in the event of a roll over. The bottom outlet is protected with a skid plate and a bottom outlet that allows the operating handle to be put in the skid, removed, or disengaged in transportation. This helps prevent the opportunity of opening of the valve in a derailment. All the safety features of a DOT117 are intended to make it a safer vessel to transport flammable liquids.
26. An Overview of Double-Shelf Couplers
Tank cars are attached to each other through couplers. Hazmat tank cars use double-shelf couplers to reduce the chance of the tank cars uncoupling during a derailment and the potential of gouging other tank cars.
The AskRail mobile app was introduced by the Association of American Railroads in cooperation with the seven major railroads. The app provides first responders with real-time information from the reporting mark. Many of the railroads offer AskRail® as part of their training programs. Go to www.askrail.com for more information or download the app from the Google Store or the Apple Store.
28. What Are The Levels of PPE?
Learn more about personal protective equipment (PPE) including Level A Protection, Level B Protection, Level C Protection, and Level D Protection. Air monitoring will help determine and maintain the proper level of PPE during a response.
29. The Basics of Steel Drums and Fusible Plugs
Fusible plugs are drum closures, similar to standard steel plugs, but made of impact‐resistant nylon, polyethylene, or propylene resin. When equipped with fusible plugs and paired with the proper suppression designed in accordance with NFPA Code 30, Chapter 16, steel drums can be the safest containers available in today’s market for flammable and combustible materials.
30. Decoding the UN Marks on a New Tighthead Steel Drum
Learn about the basics of the UN markings on new tighthead steel drums. The UN/DOT markings on a drum may seem complicated at first but once decoded the markings indicate critical aspects of the packaging’s testing and certification to international and domestic regulatory standards.
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