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Emergency Planning For Abandoned Waste Sites.

Prothero-TG; Ferguson-J; Martin-W
Fifth National Conference on Management of Uncontrolled Hazardous Waste Sites, Washington, D.C. 1984:248-250
Emergency planning for abandoned waste sites is discussed. Time is considered the crucial element of any emergency response. Time is required for identifying the emergency, choosing the control strategy, and executing the plans properly. One way to increase the amount of time available for response to an emergency is to use some time before any emergency to plan and rehearse a proper response. Types of emergencies are described. There are two major classes of potential emergencies: one involving the worker and one involving the wastes. Worker related emergencies are discussed. These include accidents, equipment failure, medical emergencies, and chemical exposure. Waste related emergencies are described. These include leaks, fire, explosion, and vapor release. Examples of rescue activities are listed. Examples of response activities are summarized. These include evacuating the immediate area, firefighting, containment, shutting off the feed, isolating the emergency scene from other site areas, and monitoring the response crew for possible exposure. The authors conclude that preventing an emergency is only half of emergency planning. The other half involves recognizing the possible hazards and formulating proper reactions far enough in advance to ensure smooth and effective responses.
Waste-treatment; Toxic-materials; Materials-testing; Hazards; Exposure-limits; Temperature-control; Health-hazards; Monitors; Fire-safety; Waste-disposal; Temperature-effects;
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Fifth National Conference on Management of Uncontrolled Hazardous Waste Sites, Washington, D.C.
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