The Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA Title III) [also known as EPCRA, the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act] requires communities to develop regional hazardous materials emergency plans. Pre-emergency planning is needed for all levels of hazmat response. When developing hazardous materials emergency plans, one should consider:

  1. Hazard Analysis
  2. Resource Identification
Hazard analysis helps you: Resource identification includes the following:


The first, and most important, duty of a First Responder is to notify emergency responders of the incident - usually this can be accomplished by calling 911.

When enroute to a hazardous materials incident, responders should consider:

The person first on the scene should make sure adequate resources are on the way to cope with the emergency. Such resources must be able to:

Establish a Command System

A command system must be established immediately at the scene of an incident. Such a system assures the coordination of multiple responding agencies and provides for the safety of all. OSHA REQUIRES THAT A COMMAND SYSTEM BE ESTABLISHED AT ALL HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INCIDENTS.