Hazardous Substances Emergency Events Surveillance (HSEES) annual report 2006
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Hazardous Substances Emergency Events Surveillance (HSEES) annual report 2006

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      HSEES 2006 report
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      This document is provided by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) ONLY as an historical reference for the public health community. It is no longer being maintained and the data it contains may no longer be current and/or accurate.


      The Hazardous Substances Emergency Events Surveillance (HSEES) system, maintained by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), utilizes state health departments to actively collect information describing the public health consequences of acute hazardous substances incidents. Data collected are used for preparedness, prevention, and response. This report summarizes the characteristics of the 7,268 events reported in 2006 and the major activities performed by the state programs.


      • There were 9,462 released or threatened to be released. (A threatened release is an imminent release that did not occur but caused a public health action, such as an evacuation.)

      • 20 substances accounted for 46.8% of all substances.

      • Substances in the categories “Volatile organic substances” and “Mixtures across chemical categories” were those most often released.

      Evacuation and Sheltering:

      • Evacuations were ordered in 6.9% of incidents.

      • In-place sheltering was ordered in 1.0% of incidents.


      • 9.4% of all reported events resulted in a total of 2,190 victims, 69 of whom died

      • The most frequently reported injuries were:

      o Respiratory irritation

      o Headaches

      o Dizziness/central nervous system symptoms

      • Personal protective equipment (PPE) was not worn by 757 of 1,003 employee-victims and 74 of 159 responder-victims. PPE use was unknown for 35 employee and 21 responder victims.

      • Of the 2,098 victims for whom decontamination status was known, 1,773 were not decontaminated.

      Pilot in India and Poland

      In 2006, pilot HSEES data collection was implemented in the State of Gujarat, India and in Poland.

      • In India, 168 events were reported, most of which (81.0%) occurred in a fixed facilities.

      • Of the 25 districts in Gujarat, India, the events occurred most frequently in Vadodora (22.0%) and Ahmedabad (19.0%).

      • In Poland, 177 events were reported in 2006, of which 53.7% occurred in fixed facilities.

      • Of the 16 Polish voivodships (regions), events occurred most often in Mazowieckie (18.6%) and Slaskie (16.4%).

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