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.
|Title of host publication||Chemical Health Threats|
|Subtitle of host publication||Assessing and Alerting|
|Editors||Tom Gaulton, Samuel Collins, Raquel Duarte-Davidson, Stacey Wyke|
|Publisher||Royal Society of Chemistry|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
|Name||Issues in Toxicology|
Bibliographical noteFunding 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.
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