Manual on Risk Management System for Chemical Emergencies


CETESB, Brazil’s Institute for Science and Technology for Environmental Health and a WHO Collaborating Center, has prepared organizational development guidelines, including the structure necessary to design strategies to prevent, prepare and respond to chemical emergencies. This guide, available in Spanish and Portuguese, is directed to public and private agencies and is the result of CETESB’s experience over a 25-year period in chemical emergencies and the development of contingency plans.

The manual is divided into three parts: section one provides the context for establishing a system, providing an overview of major chemical accidents worldwide that caused a serious environmental impact; part two discusses planning for the system, including an analysis of existing legislation and an analysis of public and private sector agencies involved in producing, storing, handling and disposing of chemicals; part three contains references and the annexes. Contact CETESB at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to order print copies of the manual or download a copy at


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