All chemicals can be safely transported and handled if necessary precautions and control measures are observed. However, in the event of an accident, hazardous chemicals present a particularly dangerous situation, often requiring rapid, critical handling by personnel not aware of the specific hazards and methods of handling the chemicals involved. Although there is extensive literature on the hazards of chemicals, it is widely scattered and generally not on hand at an accident. Deepening the severity of this information and communication problem is the fact that actions taken in the first few minutes of an emergency can spell the difference between disaster and orderly return to normal operations. Faced with this problem and the desire to provide a quick, concise and accurate guide to the handling of over 200 commonly transported hazardous chemical substances, the RSMA has developed the Chemical Transportation Safety Index as the "first-aid" step in its comprehensive Commodity Safety System.

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    Railway Systems and Management Association

    181 East Lake Shore Drive
    Chicago, IL  United States  60611
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00046420
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Chemical Transportation Safety Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 18 1976 12:00AM