Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Resources
Federal officials say the general public should first call 911 if they witness a hazardous material (hazmat) emergency such as a transportation crash involving vehicles carrying hazmats. If it is possible without putting oneself in danger, report the size and markings of the vehicle, specifically the color of the placards and identification number. Please note the following organizations that have important information on hazmats:
National Response Center (NRC) - The NRC is the national point of contact for reporting all chemical, radiological, and etiological discharges into the environment anywhere in the U.S. and its territories. Employers are required to notify the NRC whenever reportable quantities of hazmats are spilled or released into the environment. The NRC is never closed, operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. Contact them at: 1-800-424-8802
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's (NIOSH) Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards: Information for employers/employees. Available online at or by calling 202-512-1800, the U.S. Superintendent of Documents.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - The EPA works with businesses, and state and local authorities to make sure hazmats are properly treated and disposed of and oversees cleanup of hazardous waste sites. The EPA maintains a Complete Index of Chemical References.
http://www.epa.gov/superfund/cleanup/index.htm for information on the clean-up processes and needs.
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) provides technical publications, training courses, seminars on these issues as well as having transportation and environmental practice specialty sections. Information can be found at http://www.asse.org, firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 847-699-2929.