HazSMART™ Technology Aims To Enhance Hazmat Safety, Security

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Spill Center™, the North American leader in hazardous materials support and claims management, and FACTOR, Inc., a leader in advanced safety and security risk management and analysis, have won federal government funding to develop HazSMART™, an integrated technology for hazardous materials transporters, first responders, hazmat inspectors and others involved in the transportation and handling of hazmat.

“Spill Center and FACTOR, Inc. are jointly developing HazSMART as an integrated risk-based planning and secure communications platform for hazmat stakeholders across multiple modes,” related Tom Moses, Spill Center president and founder. The project, lasting until September 2020, will result in a pilot implementation of HazSMART to assess its adoptability and long-term utility.

“Factor is an ideal partner for this project,” said Mr. Moses, who launched Spill Center in 1990. “Factor provides cutting-edge research and solutions to help clients better manage the risks inherent in their operations.” Formerly called Visual Risk Technologies, the company has been known for developing innovative systems for improved situational awareness of potential security threats in the transportation, energy, chemical, insurance, and public sectors since 1997.

Dr. Mark Lepofsky, FACTOR VP and COO, related, “FACTOR delivers essential expertise to our clients enabling them to better manage the risks inherent in their operations. We apply advanced methodologies, technology, and data analysis to support risk-based decision-making and create competitive advantage for our clients.”

“The HazSMART technology will ultimately support decision-making, facilitate emergency preparedness and improve response throughout the hazmat transportation lifecycle,” he observed. “It will also serve as a means to enhance hazmat transportation safety, security and efficiency by providing planning tools that will integrate information on restricted routes, emergency response services, at-risk populations and the environment.”

The project is aligned with the “Smart City” approach for delivering services more efficiently and improving the quality of life, explains Mr. Moses. “The transportation of hazardous materials is vital to the health, welfare, and economy of the United States, but the attendant risks must be carefully managed, he said.

“Shipments must be prepared correctly, transported safely and securely, delivered to the correct consignee, and unloaded safely,” added Mr. Moses, who holds a law degree and a certificate in Hazardous Materials Control and Emergency Response.

HazSMART would aid shippers and carriers by identifying optimal routes based on safety and security factors and local restrictions, among other information, providing a foundation of risk management to reduce the potential for an accident in the hazmat transport planning phase itself, he noted.

Since 1990, Spill Center has provided emergency response resources, regulatory reporting, environmental claims management and communications systems to government and industry world-wide. Spill Center provides spill management and reporting services to transportation, insurance, chemical, manufacturing and other industries, offering advanced communications and proprietary systems, as well as expert advice on incident reporting, spill management and qualified cleanup contractors.

FACTOR, Inc. delivers essential expertise to government and private sector clients enabling them to better manage the risks inherent in their operations. The company applies advanced methodologies, technology and data analysis to support risk-based decision-making and ensure safe operations. FACTOR has been solving challenging problems in the transportation, energy, chemical, insurance and public sectors since 1997.

For more information on Spill Center services, visit the website at www.spillcenter.net or call Tom Moses directly at 978-568-1922. Email him at tmoses@spillcenter.net. For more information about FACTOR, Inc., call Mark Lepofsky at 202-753-8648 or visit the website at www.essentialfactor.com.