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Volume 4 Issue 1 (March 1996), Pages 1-53

Communication in Chemical Emergencies (pages 45-50)

In the case of chemical emergencies, public information must be given high priority in both planning and management. The public information requirement concerning major accident hazards has been incorporated into Community legislation since 1982 as a relevant component of the control of major accident hazards. During an emergency, communication is to be recognised as the most critical factor that determines the success of the response. However, during an emergency, while the dynamics of events and processes may be partially obscure, people must still be warned of impending danger. The management of ‘in the event’ information is quite diverse from that of ‘prior’ information.

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