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The Public Health Response to Chemical Incident Emergencies Toolkit (CIE Toolkit)

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The Public Health Response to Chemical Incident Emergencies (CIE) Toolkit is a collaborative project involving partners from across Europe. This project aims to develop a toolkit and manual for the training of public health officials to facilitate rapid and effective responses to acute chemical incidents. The toolkit will include fact sheets, guidelines for conducting training exercises, generic case studies identifying likely scenarios in the form of table top training cards and a manual. This information is intended to be widely available. There will also be a pilot workshop held in Athens, Greece in April 2011 to present and evaluate the contents of the CIE Toolkit and manual. Public health practitioners who have an interest in attending this workshop are invited to view the link and complete the expression of interest form. Further information about this pilot workshop can now also be found in the General and Administrative Information pack.

CIE pilot training - General and Administrative Information (Word Document, 788 KB)

CIE Toolkit Pilot Workshop

The CIE Toolkit pilot workshop was held in Athens, Greece on 5 – 6 April. Below is a list of the presentations that were given, with links to the pdf versions of these presentations.


Network of Experts

In addition to the toolkit, a CIE Network of Experts (Word Document, 32 KB) will be established to provide on-going training and guidance from within a Centre of Excellence. The training manual and toolkit will be populated by the following work packages:

  1. Development of Exercise Cards for Chemical Incident Scenario Training
  2. Environmental Epidemiology and Monitoring Follow-up Requirements after an Acute Chemical Incident or Emergency
  3. Risk and Crisis Communication Requirements Following a Chemical Incident or Emergency
  4. Psychosocial Consequences and Care Following a Chemical Incident or Emergency
  5. Guidelines for conducting international exercises involving major chemical incidents

Associate Partners

Collaborating Partners

  • International Programme on Chemical Safety, World Health Organization, Switzerland.
  • World Health Organization Europe, Bonn, Germany

Grant Agreement Number


Project Duration 

April 2008 - June 2011


This project has been partly funded by the European Commission.


An educational questionnaire has been developed. Public health professionals are invited to follow the link to complete the survey to ascertain training requirements for chemical emergencies.

This questionnaire is available in:

The World Health Organization has recently commissioned a manual,  The Public Health Management of Chemical Incidents (WHO), available from the WHO website.

A CIE Toolkit promotional leaflet has also been produced in 

A summary document has been produced to describe the project in more detail, provide background information and outline the project's objectives. CIE Toolkit Summary document (Word Document, 175 KB)

A promotional poster of the project is available at the following link CIE Toolkit poster

General and Administrative Information for the pilot training workshop taking place in Athens, Greece, on the 5th and 6th of April can also be found in the information pack.

CIE pilot training - General and Administrative Information (Word Document, 788 KB)

Public content for the CIE Toolkit project will be made more widely available in August 2011 at