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UK Recovery Handbook for Biological Incidents - CB0473

Description
The objective of this project is to develop a biological recovery handbook to follow on from the previously published radiological recovery handbook and the chemical recovery handbook. The biological recovery handbook will act as a source of information and a decision making framework for local authorities and others involved in the recovery phase following incidents involving biological agents both naturally occurring and through intentional release. The handbook will be developed based on the structures of the previous handbooks. Following the approach taken for the radiation recovery handbook, different environments (water, food, and inhabited areas) will be addressed separately and stakeholder groups convened to comment on the practicability of the recovery options. Micro-organisms will be prioritised on their potential use as bioterrorist agents and threat to the public health. Evidence on the persistence and background levels of these micro-organisms will be obtained from the scientific literature and other sources. Information on previous incidents and the efficacy of recovery options will be collated into an easily accessible database. This handbook will allow decision makers to have access to a distillation of expert opinion and scientific information presented in an easy to use decision making framework which will allow the recovery process to be fully documented. This will ensure that effective and appropriate recovery options are used after a rapid, efficient and auditable decision making process has been undertaken. The document will also be used in training and preparedness activities.
Objective
The objective of this project is to develop a biological recovery handbook to follow on from the previously published radiological recovery handbook and the chemical recovery handbook. The biological recovery handbook will act as a source of information and a decision making framework for local authorities and others involved in the recovery phase following incidents involving biological agents both naturally occurring and through intentional release. The handbook will be developed based on the structures of the previous handbooks. Following the approach taken for the radiation recovery handbook, different environments (water, food, and inhabited areas) will be addressed separately and stakeholder groups convened to comment on the practicability of the recovery options. Micro-organisms will be prioritised on their potential use as bioterrorist agents and threat to the public health. Evidence on the persistence and background levels of these micro-organisms will be obtained from the scientific literature and other sources. Information on previous incidents and the efficacy of recovery options will be collated into an easily accessible database. This handbook will allow decision makers to have access to a distillation of expert opinion and scientific information presented in an easy to use decision making framework which will allow the recovery process to be fully documented. This will ensure that effective and appropriate recovery options are used after a rapid, efficient and auditable decision making process has been undertaken. The document will also be used in training and preparedness activities.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2012

To: 2015

Cost: £856,500
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Health Protection Agency (HPA)
Keywords
Environmental Security              
Pathogens