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This issue of the Chemical Hazards and Poisons Report focuses on our work within Europe and on the preparedness and response to
international chemical incidents.
The mechanisms for identifying, reporting and responding to cross-border public health threats in Europe are explored.
Improving air quality is one of the biggest environmental public health challenges in Europe. The Control of Major Accident Hazard (COMAH) Regulations implement the requirements of the European Seveso Directives. Articles describe the role of public health in the planning, preparedness and response to incidents at COMAH-regulated sites.
Finally, the World Health Organization states that flooding is the most common natural hazard in Europe and England experienced significant floods last winter. Lessons from previous floods in Gloucestershire and the impact on a NHS blood manufacturing centre are presented.