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RECORD NUMBER: 29 OF 1321
|OLS Field Name||OLS Field Data|
|Main Title||Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Selected Airborne Chemicals. Volume 18.|
|CORP Author||National Research Council, Washington, DC.; Department of Defense, Washington, DC.; Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC.|
|Report Number||ISBN-978-0-309-31189-2; DOD-W81K04-11-D-0017; DOD-EP-W-09-007|
|Additional Subjects||Air pollution effects ; Environmental exposure ; Chemical industry ; Disasters ; Toxic substances ; Hazardous materials ; Health hazards ; Health effects ; Respiratory diseases ; Methyl isocyanate|
This report is the eighteenth volume in the series Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Selected Airborne Chemicals. In the Bhopal disaster of 1984, approximately 2,000 residents living near a chemical plant were killed and 20,000 more suffered irreversible damage to their eyes and lungs following accidental release of methyl isocyanate. The toll was particularly high because the community had little idea what chemicals were being used at the plant, how dangerous they might be, or what steps to take in an emergency. This tragedy served to focus international attention on the need for governments to identify hazardous substances and to assist local communities in planning how to deal with emergency exposures.