The primary purpose of this handbook and its associated computer program is to provide emergency planning personnel with the resources necessary to undertake comprehensive evaluations of potentially hazardous facilities and activities within their respective jurisdictions and thereby formulate a basis for their planning efforts. Chapter 1 provides an introduction. Chapters 2 through 8 discuss fundamental definitions and concepts relating to hazardous material properties and associated threats to public safety. Chapter 9 provides an overview of the overall hazard analysis process required to identify, characterize, and evaluate the subject threats. Chapter 10 follows with specific guidance relating to hazard identification while Chapter 11 provides assistance in evaluating the likelihood that any given accident or incident will actually occur in the foreseeable future. Chapter 12 describes and discusses the Automated Resource for Chemical Hazard Incident Evaluation (ARCHIE) computer program and how it may be used to conduct consequence analysis for postulated accident scenarios. Chapter 13 next guides the user through a simplified risk analysis procedure designed to provide a planning basis, while Chapter 14 provides guidance on how results of the overall hazard analysis process may be utilized in development of a comprehensive emergency response plan. Several appendices to the handbook provide additional guidance and details. Appendix A is a tutorial on fundamental mathematical skills. Appendix B presents an overview of the technical basis for consequence analysis procedures, while Appendix C provides an overview of "Shelter-in-Place" concepts. Appendix D follows with the presentation of a chemical compatibility chart for potentially reactive materials. Appendix E is a guide to installation of the ARCHIE computer program, while Appendix F ends the handbook with the basis for accident/incident probability analysis procedures.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Federal Emergency Management Agency

    Technological Hazards Division, 500 C Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20472

    Research and Special Programs Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Environmental Protection Agency

    401 M Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20460
  • Publication Date: 1988


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 524 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00932047
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 15 2002 12:00AM