A Computerized Hazardous Material Incidents Database

by A. Essam Radwan, Arizona State Univ, United States,
Farid Naguib, Arizona State Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Microcomputer Applications in Transportation III


This paper reports on the development of a microcomputer database management system for hazardous material incidents that occurred on highways and at fixed sites in Arizona. The objective of this database is to assist in automating incident data entry, processing, storage and retrieval. An incident form was developed and tested for a four month trial period. General categories included in the form are: reporting agency identification, general information related to the site, scene identification, casual elements, hazard identification, agency participation, and damage assessment. DBASE III Plus was used to construct the database. A set of supplemental programs were developed to enable the user to search in the database for incidents that meet certain criteria. The user may search by date, by location, by scene identification, by casual elements, by hazard and damage condition, and by selected combinations of criteria. The model generates an output report that contains the selected criteria. In addition, a table showing the amounts of chemical loads carried, the quantity involved in the incident, and the quantity exposed is provided.

Subject Headings: Hazardous materials | Occupational safety | Traffic accidents | Databases | Computer software | Highway and road management | Systems management | Aging (material) | Arizona | United States

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