Assessing Community Safety for Hazardous Materials Transport

by Chung-Kuo Chiang, Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade &, Douglas Inc, New York, United States,
Edmund J. Cantilli, Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade &, Douglas Inc, New York, United States,
Stephen T. Ying, Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade &, Douglas Inc, New York, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: State and Local Issues in Transportation of Hazardous Waste Materials: Towards a National Strategy

Abstract: This paper describes a computer model developed to assess the safety of a community through which hazardous materials will be transported. The model is predictive and can be used even in the absence of a past history of incidents. Instead, it draws on selective measures for both risk and community preparedness to meet that risk. Risk measures include various characteristics of drivers, vehicles, and roadways, and the exposure of population and property. Preparedness includes measures of emergency response capability, regulation compliance, public awareness, and evacuation plans. Developed for a LOTUS 1-2-3 spreadsheet, the model provides relative safety ratings and can guide communities in determining the most effective approaches for improving overall safety.

Subject Headings: Computer models | Hazardous materials | Risk management | Model analysis | Transportation safety | Safety | Disaster preparedness

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