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CSB releases emergency planning and response publication

Stresses the importance of preparation, training, and communication

Posted November 2, 2018

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has released an emergency planning and response publication outlining the role first responders, communities, and companies play in preventing injuries and fatalities from chemical incidents.

CSB says its chemical incident investigations have revealed that effective emergency response training and planning, as well as communication between the company, emergency responders, and the community, are critical to preventing injuries and fatalities. In addition, first responders, companies, and residents play crucial roles in ensuring that the risks and hazards that are present in the community are well-understood, and that there are ongoing discussions on how to mitigate or respond to them.

The publication summarizes four chemical incidents and highlights key findings surrounding critical areas of emergency planning and response.

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