Hazardous Chemicals (HAZCHEM)
This page provides general information and links on hazardous chemicals and emergency procedures for incidents involving hazardous chemicals.
You can find out more on the following websites (external links):
- Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) - Environmental Protection - Chemicals (GOV.UK)
- The National Chemical Emergency Centre
The Civil Contingencies Secretariat provides links to government and non-government sources on a wide variety of emergencies and crises that can affect the UK, plus emergency planning guidance and government information.
The National Chemical Emergency Centre link to external website (NCEC) plays a key role in national arrangements for responding to chemical incidents. It provides a 24-hour national advice service to the public emergency services on dealing with chemical incidents and is a central part of the Chemical Industries Associations CHEMSAFE scheme.
Emergency Action Codes (commonly called Hazchem Codes) are designed to assist the emergency services in the first few minutes of dealing with a hazardous goods distribution incident. Further information on Emergency Action Codes is available from the National Chemical Emergency Centre.
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