Chapter 34. Dangerous Goods Transportation: A Study of New Technologies and Accident Reduction


Nikolaos Papadelis¹, Nikolaos Stasinopoulos², MSc, and Michail Chalaris², MA, PhD
¹MSc in Analysis and Management of Manmade and Natural disasters, International Hellenic University – Hellenic Fire Academy, Greece
²Department of Chemistry, International Hellenic University, Kavala, Greece

Part of the book: The Challenges of Disaster Planning, Management, and Resilience


This Project scratches the surface of what the thematical framework of “Transport of Dangerous Goods” (TDG) is about. It starts off with a study of definitions/classifications, legal documents and accident background. It goes on to Risk analysis, assessment and mitigation models, along with methodologies, strategies and practices in use at present. Supported by statistic tables and schematics a clearer view of the actual status quo and the accumulated experience is given. Then, it focuses on the current and new enabling technologies that (will) help every stakeholder involved, to further reduce the accidents associated with the transportation of hazardous materials (HazMat). Emphasis is put on the importance of information and (tele)-communications technology (ICT), geographical information systems (GIS), networking and satellite tracking/tracing, combined with the necessity of synchronization, coordination, cooperation and interoperability among actors.

Keywords: dangerous goods, transportation, hazardous materials, accidents, enabling technologies, risk mitigation


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