The U.S. Department of Transportation has reported a greater than fourfold increase in highway hazmat incidents over the past 10 years. Recent legislative requirements that hazmat vehicles display placards identifying dangerous cargo is discussed. Noncompliance with this requirement is fairly common and can aggravate the handling of a spill. The Center for Hazardous Materials Research, which is a subsidiary of the University of Pittsburgh, is noted. The importance of first response, and the training of first responders are also noted. While the federal Department of Transportation regulations dont require chemical shippers and carriers to employ first response teams, some companies are providing emergency training to their employees to avoid potentially catastrophic hazmat incidents.

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  • Pagination: p. 14-17
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00607461
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 30 1991 12:00AM