Hazardous Materials Data: A Federal Perspectiveby Richard C. Hannon, U.S. Dept of Transportation, Washington, United States,
Abstract: This paper discusses the evolution and current status of the Hazardous Materials Incident Report System (HMIRS) maintained by the Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The basis for the Federal collection of information on hazardous materials incidents during transportation is reviewed, and major efforts to improve the collection and use of that data are summarized. The recent revisions to the Hazard Materials Incident Report (DOT Form 5800.1), used to collect hazardous materials incident data, are reviewed for enhancements to the collected data and the potential application of the expanded data in comparative analyses. Further data enhancements currently being legislatively proposed are briefly discussed, and a set of conclusions are presented as opportunities for future research and analysis.
Subject Headings: Hazardous materials | Data collection | Materials processing | Data analysis | Federal government | Data processing | Systems management | Information management
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