Centre for Radiation, Chemcial and Environmental Hazards
Publication date: June 2010
This issue of the Chemical Hazards and Poisons Report provides papers on four different types of chemical incidents. Three of these incidents are particularly pertinent to the development of a UK chemical incident recovery handbook (which was announced in the January 2010 issue).
In the first incident, the discovery of a piece of military ordnance in sand dunes at a beach in Wales and reported to the police by a concerned member of the public, resulted in the shell being disabled by Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal experts the same day; three days later, Public Health Wales was notified that two members of the disposal team were receiving hospital care for severely blistered skin.
The second incident report describes the complex story of the withdrawal of pork products as a result of contaminated animal feed, resulting in a large scale incident that raised many challenging technical issues.
The third paper summarises three case studies where asbestos contamination occurred in domestic, health care and education settings. Each of these events points to the need for the development of chemical incident recovery guidance.
As always emergency planning and response is key. In this issue we share four exciting developments that are likely to enhance our ability to prepare for the London 2012 Olympics. These are:
With the Olympics approaching, we include an article which discusses the legislation and acute effects from fireworks.
Last reviewed: 16 June 2010