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Technical Report Documentation

1. Report No.


2. Government Accession No.

3. Recipient’s Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle

Traffic Incident Management In Hazardous Materials Spills In Incident Clearance

5. Report Date

January 2009

6. Performing Organization Code

7. Author(s)

J. Neil Daniell, MS

8. Performing Organization Report

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

482 S. Keller Rd.
Orlando, FL 32810

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)

11. Contract or Grant No.


12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

Federal Highway Administration
Office of Transportation Operations
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered
Technical Report

14. Sponsoring Agency Code


15. Supplementary Notes

Project performed under contract to Battelle for the Federal Highway Administration Office of Operations

16. Abstract

Hazardous materials spills provide unique challenges to traffic incident clearance. When hazardous materials are present, not only do response personnel have to deal with typical traffic incident issues, they also must deal with potential chemical hazards, environmental impacts and added safety requirements. The mitigation and clean-up of hazardous spills can be a major source of delay in clearing traffic incidents. In many instances, expensive, time consuming removal actions are initiated when other appropriate, quicker options could be deployed safely. This document deals with the protocol and necessary knowledge required by transportation operations personnel, and first responders, such as fire-rescue and police when dealing with hazardous materials spills on the roadway, especially vehicle fluids. It provides basic knowledge necessary for transportation first responders to enable them to make proper decisions in the identification of the material and on how such spills can be safely handled. It also highlights quick, safe clearance policies and practices of transportation (DOT) operations personnel when only vehicular fluid spills are involved.

17. Key Words

Hazardous Materials Cargo, Spills in Incident Clearance, Traffic Incident Management, First Responders

18. Distribution Statement

No restrictions. This document is available to the public.

19. Security Classif. (of this report)


20. Security Classif. (of this page)


21. No. of Pages


22. Price


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