The NB Hazardous Materials E-Manifesting Project revolutionized emergency response to DG incidents involving transport, through the creation of an electronic manifest, eliminating response safety issues associated with the previous hard copy procedure. IP resulting from the project is being shared on a 50/50 basis between ESI and GNB.
Collaborative partners included: the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP), New Brunswick Office of the Fire Marshal (NBOFM), CyberNB, the Atlantic Provinces TruckingAssociation (APTA), Emergency Solutions International (ESI; as Project Manager), with guidance from stakeholders including: Transport Canada, Canadian Council of Fire Marshals and Fire Commissioners (CCFMFC), and the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC).
Objectives achieved through the NB E-manifesting Project included:
- The identification of gaps and responder safety issues created by the existing procedure and practice of having hard copy hazardous materials manifests in road transport trucks.
- The development of an electronic application allowing a wireless transmission of truck-bound hazardous materials manifests to first responders in the event of an emergency. Through the developed technology, a foundation was set for further analysis of dynamic risk in the context of hazardous materials.The engagement of the transportation industry to cooperatively develop a mechanism and technology for digitizing and sharing dangerous goods manifests.
About the author:
Mark leads the ESI team in conducting risk assessments, training, program, and plan review, exercise scenario development, exercise facilitation, and evaluation as well as compiling final After Action Review documentation and recommendations. Under Mark’s leadership, there have been six (6) Federal research and development projects conceived and executed by the ESI team. Service has been provided for various critical infrastructures, such as Port Saint John, Point Lepreau Generating Station, Canaport Liquefied Natural Gas, Saint John Energy, as well as corporations like Atlantic Potash, Mead Johnson Nutrition, and the Mosaic Company.