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Document ID (ISN)67708
CIS number 96-1846
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 1996
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Kales S.N., Castro M.J., Christiani D.C.
Title Epidemiology of hazardous materials responses by Massachusetts district HAZMAT teams
Bibliographic information Apr. 1996, Vol.38, No.4, p.394-400. 29 ref.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) analysis of accident causes; fire hazards; chemical hazards; major hazards; spills; explosion hazards
Descriptors (secondary) USA; epidemiologic study; Massachusetts
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Fire and explosions
Broad subject area(s) Fires, explosions and major hazards
Browse category(ies) Accident research
Major hazards