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NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 21-11 [Final (Synthesis)]

Highway Maintenance Procedures Dealing with Hazardous Material Incidents
[ NCHRP 20-05 (Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practices) ]

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This synthesis will be of interest to maintenance managers, maintenance engineers, health and safety officials, those responsible for environmental protection, police, and others concerned with responding to hazardous materials incidents on public highways. Information is presented on the educational, training, and equipment needs of maintenance personnel, as well as on the procedures for response, containment, and cleanup of hazardous materials. This report of the Transportation Research Board discusses the procedures that are required by federal or state regulations and identifies the various response systems and responsibilities in effect in the states. It describes cautions and caveats that are generally recommended with regard to the training and involvement of highway maintenance forces. Awareness training is noted as the primary and necessary requirement for maintenance personnel. Recommendations for improvements to educational procedures are also included.  The report for this topic can be purchased at http://www.trb.org/news/blurb_detail.asp?id=3361

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