Response and Safety

CHEMTREC serves as a round-the-clock resource for obtaining immediate critical response information for incidents involving hazardous materials and dangerous goods.

Homeland Security Digital Library (former RKB/LLIS)
The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) is a project of the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security and FEMA. It incorporates much of the content of the Lessons Learned Information Sharing (LLIS) and Responder Knwledge Base (RKB) initiatives.

Maine Department of Labor: Safety Works!
SafetyWorks! can help you prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths and reduce related costs. Services are free and confidential; SafetyWorks does not issue fines or citations.

US CDC/ATSDR: Managing Hazardous Materials Incidents
The MHMI series is a three volume set (with a video) comprised of recommendations for on-scene (prehospital), and hospital medical management of patients exposed during a hazardous materials incident.

US CDC/The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
NIOSH provides a wide variety of resources to prevent workplace illnesses and injuries

US Chemical Safety Board
The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the agency's board members are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

US Department of Labor: OSHA Regulation 1910.120
This OSHA regulation covers hazardous waste operations and emergency response.

US DOT: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
The mission of PMHMSA is to protect people and the environment from the risks of hazardous materials transportation.

US EPA: Emergency Response Program
EPA responds to oil spills, chemical, biological, radiological releases, and large-scale national emergencies, and provides additional response assistance when state and local first responder capabilities have been exhausted or when additional support is requested.

US National Response Team
The U.S. National Response Team website provides technical assistance, resources and coordination on preparedness, planning, response and recovery activities for emergencies involving hazardous substances, pollutants and contaminants, hazmat, oil, and weapons of mass destruction.

US Coast Guard Chris Manual (PDF)
The Chemical Hazards Response Information System (CHRIS) is designed to provide information needed for decision-making by responsible Coast Guard personnel during emergencies that occur during the water transport of hazardous chemicals.

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Software and Web-Based Resources

MSDS Search
Database containing information on every aspect of MSDSs including how to read, write, understand, and train employees to meet the Hazard Communication Standard.

NOAA: CAMEO Software Suite
The CAMEO (Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations) suite of software products consists of four core programs: CAMEOfm, CAMEO Chemicals, ALOHA, and MARPLOT.

US EPA: Tier II Submit Software
State of Maine accepts chemical inventory reports only via Tier II Submit. EPA developed Tier II Submit to help facilities prepare electronic chemical inventory reports.

Webinar: Tier II "How to"
A MEMA webinar illustrating the installation and use of Tier II Submit software, required in Maine to submit chemical inventory reports.

WISER: Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders
WISER is a system designed to assist emergency responders in hazardous material incidents. WISER provides a wide range of information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression advice.

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Planning and Right-to-Know

The National Association of SARA Title III Program Officials (NASTTPO)
NASTTPO is made up of members and staff of State Emergency Response Commissions (SERCs), Tribal Emergency Response Commissions (TERCs), Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs), various federal agencies and private industry. Members include state, tribal or local government employees with Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know (EPCRA) program responsibilities, such as health, occupational safety, first response, environmental, and emergency management agencies.

The Right-to-Know Network
The Right-to-Know Network helps advocates push for improved access to government-held information on the environment, health, and safety.

US DHHS/CDC: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)is a federal public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, serving the public by using the best science, taking responsive public health actions, and providing trusted health information to prevent harmful exposures and diseases related to toxic substances.

US DHS: Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)
The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program identifies and regulates high-risk chemical facilities to ensure they have security measures in place to reduce the risks associated with these chemicals.

US DHS: Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT)
The Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) was developed to help the Department identify facilities that meet the criteria for high-risk chemical facilities under the Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS).

US DOT: Emergency Response Guidebook
US DOT/PHMSA's Emergency Response Guidebook provides first responders with a go-to manual to help deal with hazmat accidents during the critical first 30 minutes.

US EPA: National Response Center
The National Response Center (NRC) is the federal government's national communications center, which is staffed 24 hours a day by U.S. Coast Guard officers and marine science technicians.

US EPA: Region 1
EPA Region I covers the six New England states and 10 Tribal Nations.

US EPA: Risk Management Program (RMP)
The Risk Management Plan (RMP) Rule implements Section 112(r) of the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments. RMP requires facilities that use extremely hazardous substances to develop a Risk Management Plan. These plans must be revised and resubmitted to EPA every five years.

US EPA: SARA Title III List of Lists
This consolidated list of chemicals subject to reporting requirements under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and Section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act.

US EPA: Toxic Use Inventory (TRI) Program
TRI is a resource for learning about toxic chemical releases and pollution prevention activities reported by industrial and federal facilities. TRI data support informed decision-making by communities, government agencies, industries, and others.

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