Emergency information

Emergency information must be carried on a vehicle transporting a placard load of dangerous goods. If there is an accident, this information can be used to contact the transporter and consignor, and protect the stability of the dangerous goods and the environment.

Emergency information sets out basic information on

  • substance hazards
  • first aid procedures
  • protective equipment

It explains how to deal with any emergency involving dangerous goods, such as a leak, spill, vehicle rollover or fire.

Types of emergency information

The following are acceptable types of emergency information

  • the Standards Australia SAA/SNZ HB 76:2010 HB76 Dangerous Goods – Initial Emergency Response Guide (the current HB76 Guide has not been updated to include new UN numbers that appear in ADG7.3 (UN3496 to UN3506) but emergency information covering these substances can be obtained from the CANUTEC ERG 2012 Guide)
  • an individual Standards Australia emergency procedure guide (EPG) plus the emergency guide for vehicle fire
  • an emergency procedure guide plus a vehicle fire guide that are both substantially the same as the Standards Australia guides
  • any other emergency procedure guide plus a vehicle fire guide which have both been approved by the EPA.

A safety data sheet (SDS) is not the same as emergency information and is not acceptable.

Emergency information holders

An emergency information holder must be fitted to a vehicle transporting a placard load of dangerous goods. The holder must be

  • a suitable size and shape for emergency information and transport documents
  • marked with the words ‘emergency procedure guides’ or ‘emergency information’ in red letters at least 10 mm high on a white background
  • securely placed in a vehicle on the inside of a cabin door, immediately adjacent to a cabin door or in a visible and accessible position in the cabin (provided the position is identified on a notice affixed to the inside of the driver's door).

If less than a placard load is being transported and no emergency information holder is fitted, emergency information must be in a prominent position in the cabin.

An emergency information holder may contain only emergency information and transport documents relating to the load.

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