Emergency response of toxic chemicals in Taiwan: The system and case studies

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  • Jenq-Renn Chen,

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    1. Department of Safety, Health and Environmental Engineering, National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology, Yenchau, Kaohsiung, 824, Taiwan
    • Department of Safety, Health and Environmental Engineering, National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology, Yenchau, Kaohsiung, 824, Taiwan
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  • C.H. Hung,

    1. Department of Safety, Health and Environmental Engineering, National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology, Yenchau, Kaohsiung, 824, Taiwan
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  • K.S. Fan,

    1. Department of Safety, Health and Environmental Engineering, National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology, Yenchau, Kaohsiung, 824, Taiwan
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  • T.C. Ho,

    1. Center for Environmental, Safety and Health Technology (CESH), Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Hsinchu, Taiwan
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  • F.L. Chen,

    1. Center for Environmental, Safety and Health Technology (CESH), Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Hsinchu, Taiwan
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  • J.J. Horng,

    1. Department of Safety, Health and Environmental Engineering, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Yunlin, Taiwan
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  • S.C. Ho,

    1. Department of Environmental Sanitation and Toxic Substance Management, Environmental Protection Administration, Taipei, Taiwan
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  • W.D. Chen

    1. Department of Environmental Sanitation and Toxic Substance Management, Environmental Protection Administration, Taipei, Taiwan
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Abstract

In this paper we describe an emergency response system in Taiwan funded by the Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration and consisted of three local response centers held by the Industrial Technology Research Institute, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, and National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology in the north, central, and south part of the island, respectively. The system is set up for the effective and efficient response to incidents involving toxic chemicals, and reducing the potential impact on the environment from these incidents. Case studies are also provided for the incidents. These incidents range from a fire in a chemical plant to a spillage from a tank truck on the road. The responded incidents are analyzed and possible root causes are identified and classified. The information provided should benefit areas with growing industrial development in developing strategies to prevent or reduce the potential impacts from chemical incidents. © 2004 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Process Saf Prog 23: 206–213, 2004

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