Technical Reports

Classification of Hazardous Materials in Rail Transportation

  • 15
  • Jun
  • 1987
AUTHOR: Austin Yingst, William J. Sheleski
REPORT NUMBER: D0T/FRA/0RD-87/07
SUBJECT: Hazardous Materials
KEYWORDS: Accidents, Shipped Materials, Hazard Profiles
ABSTRACT: The regulations pertaining to the classification of hazardous materials in rail transportation were examined for their robustness in identifying hazards, the classification of hazardous materials, and the utility of these classifications to those who must deal with rail accidents involving hazardous materials. This analysis is accompanied by a technical analysis of 100 frequently-shipped hazardous materials for which hazard profiles were developed. The outcomes of the technical analysis illuminate and support conclusions of the regulatory analysis. Both conclusions drawn from these analyses and implementing recommendations are presented. Appendices containing technical and other data used in the technical analysis, and a summary of remote sensing capabilities are also presented.
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