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The 2016 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG2016) was prepared by the staff of Transport Canada, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transport of Mexico with the assistance of many interested parties from government and industry including the collaboration of CIQUIME of Argentina. The original authors of the ERG are Transport Canada’s Michel Cloutier and U.S. DOT’s George Cushmac. Printing and publication services are provided through U.S. DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Outreach, Training, and Grants Division.

ERG2016 is based on earlier Transport Canada, U.S. DOT, and Secretariat of Communications and Transport emergency response guidebooks. ERG2016 is published in three languages: English, French and Spanish. The Emergency Response Guidebook has been translated and printed in other languages, including Chinese, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, Korean, Hungarian, Polish, Turkish and Thai.

We encourage countries that wish to translate this Guidebook to please contact any of the websites or telephone numbers in the next paragraph.

Distribution of this Guidebook

The primary objective is to place one copy of the ERG2016 in each publicly owned emergency service vehicle through distribution to Federal, state, provincial and local public safety authorities. The distribution of this guidebook is being accomplished through the voluntary cooperation of a network of key agencies. Emergency service organizations that have not yet received copies of ERG2016 should contact the respective distribution center in their country, state or province. In the U.S., information about the distribution center for your location may be obtained from the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety website at or call 202-366-4900. In Canada, contact CANUTEC at 613-992-4624 or via the website at for information. In Mexico, call SCT at 50-11-92-20, 50-11-92-40 or 50-11-92-70 or via email at In Argentina, call CIQUIME at 011-4611-2007, or via the website at, or via email at

Reproduction and Resale

Copies of this document which are provided free of charge to fire, police and other emergency services may not be resold. ERG2016 (PHH50-ERG2016) may be reproduced without further permission subject to the following:

The names and the seals of the participating governments may not be reproduced on a copy of this document unless that copy accurately reproduces the entire content (text, format, and coloration) of this document without modification. In addition, the publisher's full name and address must be displayed on the outside back cover of each copy, replacing the wording placed on the center of the back cover.

Constructive comments concerning ERG2016 are solicited; in particular, comments concerning its use in handling incidents involving dangerous goods. Comments should be addressed to:

In Canada:

Director, CANUTEC
Transport Dangerous Goods
Transport Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada K1A 0N5

613-992-4624 (information)

In the U.S.:

U. S. Department of Transportation
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
Outreach, Training, and Grants Division (PHH-50)
Washington, DC 20590-0001


In Mexico:

Secretariat of Communications and Transportation
Federal Motor Carrier General Direction
Deputy General Director for Standards, Technical
Specifications and Motor Carrier Safety
Calz. de las Bombas No. 411 2nd floor
Col. Los Girasoles
Del. Coyoacan
Mexico D.F.
Phone: (+52) (55) 50-11-92-20, (55) 50-11-92-40 and (55) 50-11-92-70

In Argentina:

Centro de InformaciÓn QuÍmica para Emergencias (CIQUIME)
Juan Bautista Alberdi 2986
C1406GSS Buenos Aires, Argentina
Phone: +54-11-4611-2007 Fax +54-11-4613-3707

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