Chemistry of Hazardous Materials (Sixth Edition)
You'll find this one to be a bit less expensive, compared with other references. No, it's not everything you need to know, but it's a great guide to the chemistry that emergency responders need to know, and the author doesn't assume that you have some sort of scientific Ph.D. By Eugene Meyer.
Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) Life Cycle Management: Corporate, Community and Organizational Planning and Preparedness
This book has two main sections. The first covers the regulatory framework dealing with hazardous materials, and the second is focused on programs for reducing risk and liability.
Hazardous Materials Management Desk Reference (Third Edition)
This is billed as a "one-stop science, regulatory and management technical reference text." Be sure to pick up the latest edition so that you'll be up to date on the most recent regulatory changes. Published by the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP).
Hazardous Materials: Managing The Incident (Fourth Edition)
Back in the 1980s, these authors introduced their copyrighted Eight-Step Process for managing hazmat incidents. Plenty has changed since then, which is why they're up to their fourth edition. It's a good read. By Gregory Noll and three other authors.
Managing Hazardous Materials: A Definitive Text
This book pretty much covers the whole breadth of the hazardous materials business. Combine this with your practical experience and you'll have a handle on practically everything you need to know. Published by The Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM)
Professional Organizations - CHMM
Name Description Institute of Hazardous Materials Management The IHMM, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1984, has been protecting the environment and the public's health, safety, and security through the administration of credentials recognizing professionals who have demonstrated a high level of knowledge, expertise, and excellence in the management of hazardous materials. The Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals™ The AHMP, formerly the Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers, Inc. (ACHMM) is a professional association with a membership of more than 3,000 of the nation's leading experts in environmental, health, safety and security management. AHMP is the only national organization devoted to the professional advancement of the hazardous materials management field.