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Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Plan Guidance Document for Railroads

  • 01
  • Mar
  • 1989
AUTHOR: Association of American Railroads
SUBJECT: Hazardous Materials
KEYWORDS: Policy, Accident Scenarios, Safety Preparation
ABSTRACT: One of the predictors of success in the handling of any railroad emergency is how well the railroad planned for that emergency. It has been demonstrated that good planning usually produces good results. Poor planning almost always produces disappointing results. The purpose of this emergency response guidance document is to provide assistance to the nation’s railroads in developing and reviewing response plans for hazardous materials incidents. This document applies to all hazardous materials regulated by the Department of Transportation and is intended to: 1. Identify the principal elements which must be considered in preparing for and responding to rail incidents involving hazardous materials; and 2. Provide guidance in dealing with those principal elements in a framework that will allow each individual railroad to tailor its hazardous materials contingency plan to its own particular territory and operations. It is recognized that many of the planning elements discussed in this guidance document are already in place in most railroad operations nationwide.