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chemical disaster

The accidental release of large amounts of toxins into the environment. The effects suffered by people in the area are determined by the toxicity of the chemical, its speed in spreading, its composition (liquid, solid, or gaseous), and the spill site, esp. its proximity to a water supply or buildings. The major effect may be due to the chemical itself or to a resulting fire or explosion. The catastrophic release of chemicals may overwhelm, at least temporarily, local or regional health care resources.
See: chemical warfare
See also: disaster
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Question 3, "Would you know what to do and who to contact during a chemical disaster?" and Question 8, "Is another section besides environmental health involved in a chemical event?" were significant with p-values of .0093 and .0038, respectively (Table 2).
Present study was carried out keeping in view the situation of extensive chemical use, haphazard industrial development, non-existent of chemical disaster management infrastructure, plans and environmental and safety laws to identify the chemical disaster prone areas of the province Punjab, Pakistan.hazardous installation was based on Article 3 of the Seveso II Directive (EC, 1996).
* Rashida Bee and Champa Devi Shukla, of Bhopal, India, who organized the first global hunger strike to draw attention to the continuing problems arising from the 1984 chemical disaster near their town.
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Highly trained firefighters swung into action to show how they would deal with a chemical disaster on Teesside.
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The 1984 Union Carbide chemical disaster of Bhopal, India, in which methyl isocyanate (MIC) leaked from a tank and killed close to 4,000 people and disabled thousands more, raised awareness and concern among legislators in the U.S.
She directed the investigation into the Union Carbide chemical disaster in Bhopal, India and the International Medical Commission-Chernobyl.
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