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This guideline provides quick reference to decision maker in dealing with chemical disaster with acute exposure. Additional information in term of the Acute Exposure Level Guidelines (AEGLs) are added to the tables of each chemical obtained from the document prepared by an international group of experts on behalf of International Labour Organization (ILO) and World Health Organization (WHO).
The table originally has information on the characteristics of the chemicals including the safety, acute exposures, acute hazard and symptoms. In addition, the preventive measures, first aid, spillage exposure, classification and labelling. The most important are the exposure and the acute health effects in occupational as well as in the ambient environment in case of any disaster in workplace or chemical spill in communities where hazardous waste were disposed illegally.
In the case of the disaster in Pasir Gudang, the list of chemicals which were monitored and found in the environment were compiled in this Quick Reference database. The AEGL values are important as a reference to exposure mitigation such as closing schools, relocation or medical treatment to the victims.