I received the following information in a safety newsletter today and thought I'd share it with everyone....


HazMat - Are you Prepared
Des Plaines, ILL -- In light of the recent derailment of rail cars
in Wisconsin, some carrying hazardous materials (hazmats), the
non-profit American Society of Safety Engineers is providing key
contact information in an effort to educate the public on hazmats -
what they are, who to call in an emergency, how the local emergency
planning committees work, etcThe 'Hazardous Materials Safety
Information Guide" is a brochure that provides key information for
the public and businesses alike on topics including: what hazmats
are and what the placards mean; training guidelines; how to find
your local emergency planning committee; hazmat laws; and hazmat
emergency response information. According to the U.S. Department of
Transportation Commodity Flow Survey, Texas has the highest amount
of hazardous material shipments in the U.S. flowing annually
through the state either by truck, rail, water, pipeline or air.
Louisiana ranks second in flow followed by California, Illinois,
Pennsylvania, Georgia, Ohio, Florida, New Jersey and Michigan.
Should an emergency occur, federal officials say the general public
should first call 911 and, if one can identify the size and color
of the placards on the transport vehicle without endangering their
own safety, to provide that information to the authorities. To
order a free copy of ASSE's 'Hazardous Materials Safety Information
Guide' call ASSE customer service at 847-699-2929 or e-mail
customerservice@asse.org and ask for item number G017.