Newest Edition of Emergency Response Guidebook Coming in 2012

2012 marks the release of the latest Emergency Response Guidebook, a critical resource for emergency services personnel and hazardous materials shippers.

The Emergency Response Guidebook, commonly referred to as the “ERG,” was developed jointly by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation of Mexico for use by firefighters, police, and other emergency services personnel who may be the first to arrive at the scene of a transportation incident involving a hazardous material. It is largely a guide to aid first responders in:

  • quickly identifying the specific or generic classification of the material(s) involved in the incident; and
  • protecting themselves and the general public during this initial response phase of the incident.

In addition to its primary use by emergency response personnel, hazmat shippers can utilize the ERG to meet the requirements of 49 CFR §172.602, which outlines the options available for emergency response information that must be included when transporting a hazardous material.

The ERG is updated every four years to accommodate new products and technology. The 2012 ERG will have new, revised and expanded sections, including:

  • An updated dangerous goods list that includes all hazardous materials added to the UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods since the last edition of the book
  • An index of dangerous goods in order of ID number
  • An index of dangerous goods in alphabetical order
  • A rail car identification chart
  • A road trailer identification chart
  • Information on pipeline safety

In order to help current ERG users maintain the most up-to-date information, Labelmaster is currently offering 2008 pricing for those pre-ordering the 2012 ERG. We offer the ERG in a variety of formats, including:

For additional savings, we also offer a variety of combo packages that include both book and electronic copies of the ERG. Discounted pricing for the ERG is available until Dec. 31, 2011.


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  1. Jerry Tate said:

    Can you tell me when the 2008 ERG is no longer valadated

  2. Jerry Tate said:

    Can you tell me when the 2008 ERG is no longer valadated

    • Labelmaster said:


      Technically, there is no expiration date on the 2008 ERG. That said, each new edition of the ERG contains a variety of updates and changes, which means anyone using an older copy of the book could be referencing material that has been modified or is no longer valid. Having a 2012 ERG on-hand means you’ll be working with the most accurate information available if you’re faced with a transportation incident involving a hazardous material.