A screening tool to prioritize public health risk associated with accidental or deliberate release of chemicals into the atmosphere

BMC Public Health. 2013 Mar 21:13:253. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-253.


The Chemical Events Working Group of the Global Health Security Initiative has developed a flexible screening tool for chemicals that present a risk when accidentally or deliberately released into the atmosphere. The tool is generic, semi-quantitative, independent of site, situation and scenario, encompasses all chemical hazards (toxicity, flammability and reactivity), and can be easily and quickly implemented by non-subject matter experts using freely available, authoritative information. Public health practitioners and planners can use the screening tool to assist them in directing their activities in each of the five stages of the disaster management cycle.

MeSH terms

  • Atmosphere / chemistry*
  • Chemical Hazard Release*
  • Chemical Terrorism*
  • Disaster Planning / organization & administration*
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Global Health
  • Hazardous Substances / analysis
  • Health Priorities / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Risk Assessment / methods


  • Hazardous Substances