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

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Peter Blain



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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.

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Author(s): Blakey DH, Lafontaine M, Lavigne J, Sokolowski D, Philippe JM, Sapori JM, Biederbick W, Horre R, Marzi WB, Kondo H, Kuroki Y, Namera A, Okumura T, Yamamoto M, Yashiki M, Blain PG, Russell DR, Cibulsky SM, Jett DA, Global Health Security Initiative

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: BMC Public Health

Year: 2013

Volume: 13

Online publication date: 21/03/2013

Acceptance date: 19/02/2013

Date deposited: 13/11/2015

ISSN (electronic): 1471-2458

Publisher: Biomed Central Ltd.


DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-253

PubMed id: 23517410


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