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Did You Know?

  • CHEMTREC has been operational since 1971.
  • CHEMTREC Emergency Service Specialists (ESS) are available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
  • CHEMTREC's Operations Center receives an average of 350 calls a day in reference to about 125 incidents.
  • CHEMTREC has access to an electronic library of over 6 million Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
  • CHEMTREC ESS are trained for 3-6 months before taking calls.
  • CHEMTREC takes calls from anywhere in the world.
  • CHEMTREC personnel can assist callers in over 200 languages through the use of an interpreter service.
  • CHEMTREC has a database of medical experts and chemical toxicologists who can provide advice and emergency medical treatment assistance to on-scene medical professionals treating victims of product exposure.

    "One of my favorite stories about CHEMTREC is an incident involving a fire in a silo at a wastewater facility.  The silo was filled with a fertilizer made from wastewater biosolids that heats spontaneously when stored in silos if it is not kept circulating with augers inside the silo. We had no idea how to handle this incident, so I got on the phone to CHEMTREC, who immediately got on the case. Within a few minutes, they had put me in contact with the Battalion Chief of another city’s fire department who had previous experience with fires involving the same organic fertilizer.  After speaking with the Chief, we proceeded with his recommendations and safely concluded the incident. This was not a serious hazmat incident, but the fire did present some risk to our team members. Just one example of many in the way CHEMTREC has helped us for many years."

                                                                                                                                               - Captain Bill Hand
    Harris County Hazardous Materials Response Team
                                                                       Houston Fire Department Hazardous Materials Response Team (ret.)