UK recovery guidance and advice for the remediation of the environment following a chemical incident.
Global events have shown that chemical incidents can have huge consequences on human health, the environment and society. It is important that in the event of such an occurrence, the appropriate tools and technical guidance are available to ensure that remediation can be completed quickly and efficiently. Public Health England (PHE) is leading the development of a series of recovery handbooks with support from other Government Departments and Agencies. The UK Chemical Recovery Handbook was published in 2012, and includes guidance and advice on the recovery and remediation of the environment in the post-accident (post-acute) phase and focusses on environmental clean- up methods. The Handbook provides a framework for developing and selecting an effective recovery strategy following a chemical incident, and contains a compendium of practicable, evidence based recovery options for Inhabited Areas, Food Production Systems and Water Environments . Public Health England is also developing a chemical and radiation recovery decision support tool, in collaboration with UK Government Departments and Agencies. It is envisaged that the decision support tool will assist users navigating through the recovery handbooks and provide a consistent methodology to compare remediation techniques and a framework for documenting the parameters, assumptions and information used to reach the decision on how to remediate the affected environment following a chemical or radiation incident.  Wyke-Sanders et al. (2012). The UK Recovery Handbook for Chemical Incidents. Available at: https://www. gov.uk/government/collections/recovery- remediation-and-environmental- decontamination  Nisbet et al. (2009). UK Recovery Handbooks for Radiation Incidents. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/ government/collections/recovery- remediation-and-environmental- decontamination
Citation : Wyke, S., Peña-Fernández, A., Duarte-Davidson, R. and Pottage T. (2014) UK recovery guidance and advice for the remediation of the environment following a chemical incident. 5 Nations Health Protection Conference 2014; 31-32. York, England.
Research Group : Infectious Disease Research Group
Research Institute : Leicester Institute for Pharmaceutical Innovation - From Molecules to Practice (LIPI)
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