|Document ID (ISN)||67708|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Kales S.N., Castro M.J., Christiani D.C.
||Epidemiology of hazardous materials responses by Massachusetts district HAZMAT teams
||Apr. 1996, Vol.38, No.4, p.394-400. 29 ref.
||This study is an analysis of responses obtained from six district hazardous materials (HAZMAT) teams in the state of Massachusetts (USA). Of the total number of responses, 79% related to spills, leaks or other escapes of hazardous materials, 18% to fires, 10% to vehicle accidents and 8% to explosions or other uncontrolled chemical reactions. The total exceeds 100% because more than a single cause was responsible for some of the accidents. Chemicals most frequently involved were hydrocarbons and corrosive materials. Civilians were injured in 21% of the incidents, but for most of them there were no reported injuries. Further systematic study is recommended to generate ideas for primary prevention and better control of secondary health effects.
||analysis of accident causes; fire hazards; chemical hazards; major hazards; spills; explosion hazards
||USA; epidemiologic study; Massachusetts
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||USA|
||Fire and explosions
|Broad subject area(s)
||Fires, explosions and major hazards