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Water-related chemical incident: a national survey

Ouki, SK, Goodfellow, F and Murray, V (2000) Water-related chemical incident: a national survey Health and Hygiene, 21. pp. 58-65.

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Water related chemical incidents have received greater attention in the UK in recent years, particularly as a result of the Camelford and River Dee incidents in the 1980s. A number of organisations are involved in chemical incidents; however, it is health authorities that have the responsibility for protection of the public health from environmental hazards. This paper reports on a nationwide survey of the management of water related chemical incidents within health authorities. The survey was conducted by sending a postal questionnaire to a number of health authorities and health boards across England and Scotland. The survey confirmed that public health doctors are aware of their responsibilities with regard to the management of non-infectious environmental hazards; however many lack experience managing chemical incidents. It is concluded that greater use could be made of the resources available to assist in the management of water-related chemical incidents. In particular a good working relationship with water companies and local authority environmental health departments is crucial to successful incident management. Finally, a need for wider dissemination of lessons learnt from incident management through publication has been identified.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Goodfellow, F
Murray, V
Date : 2000
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 11:46
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 21:15

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