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The CSB Incident Screening Database: description, summary statistics and uses.

Authors
  • Gomez, Manuel R1
  • Casper, Susan
  • Smith, E Allen
  • 1 Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, United States. [email protected] , (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Hazardous Materials
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Nov 15, 2008
Volume
159
Issue
1
Pages
119–129
Identifiers
PMID: 18036734
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This paper briefly describes the Chemical Incident Screening Database currently used by the CSB to identify and evaluate chemical incidents for possible investigations, and summarizes descriptive statistics from this database that can potentially help to estimate the number, character, and consequences of chemical incidents in the US. The report compares some of the information in the CSB database to roughly similar information available from databases operated by EPA and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), and explores the possible implications of these comparisons with regard to the dimension of the chemical incident problem. Finally, the report explores in a preliminary way whether a system modeled after the existing CSB screening database could be developed to serve as a national surveillance tool for chemical incidents.

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