A screening tool to prioritize public health risk associated with accidental or deliberate release of chemicals into the atmosphere

David H. Blakey, Marc Lafontaine, Jocelyn Lavigne, Danny Sokolowski, Jean Marc Philippe, Jean Marc Sapori, Walter Biederbick, Regine Horre, Willi B. Marzi, Hisayoshi Kondo, Yumiko Kuroki, Akira Namera, Tetsu Okumura, Miyako Yamamoto, Mikio Yashiki, Peter G. Blain, David R. Russell*, Susan M. Cibulsky, David A. Jett

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The Chemical Events Working Group of the Global Health Security Initiative has developed a flexible screening tool for chemicals that present a risk when accidentally or deliberately released into the atmosphere. The tool is generic, semi-quantitative, independent of site, situation and scenario, encompasses all chemical hazards (toxicity, flammability and reactivity), and can be easily and quickly implemented by non-subject matter experts using freely available, authoritative information. Public health practitioners and planners can use the screening tool to assist them in directing their activities in each of the five stages of the disaster management cycle.

Original languageEnglish
Article number253
JournalBMC Public Health
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Atmospheric releases
  • Chemicals
  • Disaster management cycle
  • Public health
  • Risk assessment
  • Screening tool

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