The importance of moving hazardous materials safely requires that practical, low-cost ways be found to minimize the expense of transportation safety programs for such materials. Ideas are provided on how state and local officials can perform risk assessments, develop emergency response capabilities, establish vehicle inspection programs, and provide hazardous materials training programs economically. Emphasis is given to such practical solutions as maximizing the use of available federal, state, and local resources; consolidating hazardous materials transportation activities with other state and local programs; expanding the use of mutual aid arrangements; maximizing the use of part-time and volunteer staff; and encouraging greater local industry involvement in hazardous materials incident prevention and emergency response activities. Examples are provided of how different state and local agencies can share the costs of providing labor, equipment, and materials. Ways in which private industry has supported state and local hazardous materials transportation safety programs are also illustrated. State and local officials concerned with hazardous materials movements in and through their jurisdictions are encouraged to translate the cost-cutting measures and management practices identified here into practical solutions for their problems.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 7-14
  • Monograph Title: Transportation of hazardous materials: planning and accident analysis
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00394906
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 030903759X
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1985 12:00AM