Coffee Break Training: Petroleum Crude Oil: Pre-Incident Planning   [open pdf - 116KB]

Alternate Title: Coffee Break Training: Petroleum Crude Oil: Preincident Planning

"Preincident [sic] planning is a key component of any successful response operation, especially in the case of a crude oil rail transportation incident. Emergency responders should determine the rail carriers of hazardous materials moving through their communities and ascertain if crude oil is one of the products being transported. This can be accomplished by contacting the individual rail carrier and requesting a list of the hazardous commodities transported through the community via the Association of American Railroads (AAR) Circular No. OT [Operating-Transportation]-55 protocol. This information is of assistance in the preparation of emergency response plans and procedures. A copy of the latest version of AAR Circular No. OT-55 and other related hazardous materials reference materials can be downloaded at http://www.boe.aar.com/boe-download.htm. Railroads have extensive emergency response functions that work in cooperation with federal, state and local governments to assist communities in the event of an incident involving crude oil or other hazardous materials. All the major railroads have teams of full-time personnel whose primary focus is hazmat safety and emergency response, as well as teams of environmental, industrial hygiene and medical professionals available at all times to provide assistance during hazmat incidents. Railroads also maintain networks of hazmat response contractors and environmental consultants, strategically located throughout their service areas, who can handle virtually any air, water, waste or public health issue. These contractors, who are on-call at all times, have multiple offices and equipment storage locations and a vast array of monitoring equipment, containment booms, industrial pumps, and other spill response tools and equipment."

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Coffee Break Training - Hazardous Materials Series No. HM-2014-3
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