Hazardous Materials Transportation Risk Assessment: State of the Practice

A variety of methods are utilized in both the public and private sectors to assess the risk due to hazardous materials transportation. However, these risk assessments are often designed for different purposes and used in different ways by government agencies and the private sector. Further, there are a number of models/methodologies used in each sector, from simplified to extremely complex, that have varying data needs and make varying degrees of assumptions. Results from different assessments may be applicable to only specific instances or for specific purposes. In addition, many of the assessments address single modes of transportation, and there are few published methods to adequately compare risk across modes. There is a need for the government sector to better understand how the private sector does risk assessments and risk management and for the private sector to appreciate government needs in regulating hazardous materials in transport. This project will provide the following: (1) the different requirements needed for models and methodologies in the private sector and the public sector; (2) a critical review of the current models and methodologies available to each sector, including capabilities and limitations; (3) an assessment of the data gaps needed for the different models; (4) an assessment of the capability gaps not addressed by the available models; and (5) an assessment of how risk can be compared across modes of transportation.</font>


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $200000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project HM-12

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

    U.S. Department of Transportation
    East Building, 2nd Floor 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Hazardous Materials Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Parker, Stephan

  • Start Date: 20100310
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 25477

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01461617
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project HM-12
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:49PM