CHAPTER 13: Chemical Incident Management: An Overview of Preparedness, Response and Recovery

Emma-Jane Goode, Thomas James, Stacey Wyke

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Chemical incidents can happen anytime, anywhere and on any scale so it is important that effective procedures are in place to manage any incident that occurs with the main objective being to reduce any potential exposure to the affected population in order to protect the public's health. Effective chemical incident management strategies are the best tool towards protecting the public's health in the event of a chemical incident. This chapter explores the phases involved in chemical incident management. The first phase is planning and preparedness; reviewing and designing effective response strategies and ensuring correct and suitable training and production of guidance material. Next is incident response; rapid deployment of appropriately trained first responders and evacuation and decontamination of affected individuals and populations. The final phase is recovery and remediation; removal of contamination from the site and expediting a return to normality.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChemical Health Threats
Subtitle of host publicationAssessing and Alerting
EditorsTom Gaulton, Samuel Collins, Raquel Duarte-Davidson, Stacey Wyke
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameIssues in Toxicology
ISSN (Print)1757-7179
ISSN (Electronic)1757-7187

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Public Health England (formerly the Health Protection Agency) in collaboration with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Food Standards Agency, Home Office, Northern Ireland Environment Agency and the Scottish Government have produced a suite of guidance on recovery and remediation including the UK Recovery Handbooks for Chemical, Radiation and Biological Incidents.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 The Royal Society of Chemistry.


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