Tuesday, October 31, 2006

USCG Hazmat Database Available to First Responders

The U.S. Coast Guard is publishing a free CD-ROM database of chemical information to first responders nationwide:

Users can search the database by a substance's color, odor, and physical appearance and use the data to plan for a safe and effective response. Chemicals are rated according to health risk, flammability, and reactivity, among other factors, using data from several sources. The CD-ROM, known as CHRIS+, includes:
  • USCG's Chemical Hazards Response Information System (CHRIS)
  • The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Pocket Guide
  • The Department of Transportation's Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG)
  • USCG's Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) First Responder's Guide
This is a common-sense approach to information-sharing.

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