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Law Enforcement

  • The facility owner/operator should provide the police with detailed information regarding the incident, hazardous material (including hydrogen) inventories and locations, facility safety equipment and instrumentation, and any actions taken so far.
  • Police who respond to a spill, fire, or vehicle collision should be familiar with the hazard information cards recommended by DOT or other safety documents.
  • They should also know the recommended exclusion areas to protect the public if a spill or fire occurs.
  • An additional factor for increased safety is evacuation distances as recommended by the senior fire officer. Police can then assist in implementing the proper actions to protect the public.
  • A key acronym for hazardous materials awareness is SIN:
    • Safe approach
    • Identify the hazardous material
    • Notify the proper authorities