2016 ERG Now Available
A new version of the ERG is published once every four years. The 2016 ERG is available in English and Spanish on PHMSA’s website. A mobile application version is also available.
Among the major changes made for the 2016 ERG are:
- A Table of Contents
- Guidance on the Globally Harmonized System for classifying and labeling chemicals (adopted by OSHA in 2012)
- New form for users to add local emergency response numbers
- Text instructions for using the guidebook have been replaced with a flow chart
- Expanded sections, including shipping papers, tables of markings, labels and placards
- Updates to the initial on-scene response guide for hazmat transport incidents
- More detailed information on rail car and road trailer identification
- Revisions/additions to Emergency Response Telephone Numbers
See a full list of revised, expanded, and brand new ERG sections here.
One additional change for the 2016 ERG is new guidance on the cover that reads: “A guidebook intended for use by first responder during the initial phase of a transportation incident involving dangerous goods/hazardous materials.” This was added in response to PHMSA’s discovery that some facilities may have used the ERG as their on-site emergency response text. The ERG is intended for use in transportation only, and not for “static” facilities.
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