Hazardous Materials Data: A Federal Perspective

by Richard C. Hannon, U.S. Dept of Transportation, Washington, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


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 | Federal government | Materials processing | Information management | Systems management | Comparative studies | Legislation | Government

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