The overarching aim of the CIE Toolkit project is to facilitate the rapid and effective response to acute chemical incidents by providing a source of relevant material, in the form of a toolkit, along with a training manual enabling participating Member States to address specific training needs. The objective of the project is to reduce the burden of disease related to chemical emergencies through improved public health response.
The CIE Toolkit project should contribute to the strengthening of national and international public health responses to chemical incidents, both accidental and deliberate and thus result in an overall improvement of public health emergency response. The expected impact of coordinating the work at a European level is going to be greater than the sum of the impacts of national activities. Problems associated with standardisation and harmonisation will be addressed within specific work packages resulting in a fully transferable and easily understandable toolkit and training manual with the potential to be used by all Member States
The project will produce a source of relevant material, in the form of a toolkit along with a training manual, enabling participating member states to address specific training needs. This involves preparing and publishing a body of material that provides specific guidance and training to public health professionals on how to respond to a chemical incident and deal with the subsequent public health consequences. The proposal will expand the scope of the GSCT and ETHREAT projects by including additional topics related to chemical incidents and emergencies.
On completion of the project it is expected that a fully comprehensive toolkit, containing a variety of material and information, will be made available to public health professionals and other key players responsible for delivering training on responding to acute chemical incidents in Member States. Relevant information will also be available on the web to raise awareness of the outputs of the project. In addition, a network of experts will be established and managed within a Centre of Excellence. The network will consist of a variety of experts in areas relating to emergency planning, preparedness and response and recovery with respect to chemical incidents and emergencies (to include deliberate releases) and public health.