Public health response to transportation accidents in which toxic chemicals are released into the environment require rapid data acquisition and review, health risk assessment, management decisions, and information dissemination.
Following a train derailment that resulted in a massive spill of the herbicide metam sodium in the northern Sacramento River, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) was called upon to evaluate the health risks of the parent compound and its breakdown products, and to advise local health agencies in matters of public health concern.
This paper describes the approach taken by OEHHA and the public health lessons learned during, and following, the accident.
Mots-clés Pascal : Composé chimique, Législation, Toxicité, Homme, Accident circulation, Californie, Prévention, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Chemical compound, Legislation, Toxicity, Human, Traffic accident, California, Prevention, United States, North America, America
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0016864
Code Inist : 002B30A02A. Création : 09/06/1995.