John Libbey Eurotext

Environnement, Risques & Santé


Early health impact assessment of a major industrial fire at a chemical plant on September 26, 2019, Rouen, France Volume 20, issue 2, March-April 2021


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1 Santé publique France
12, rue du Val d’Osne
94415 Saint Maurice
2 Anses
14, rue Pierre et Marie Curie
94701 Maisons-Alfort Cedex
3 Centre antipoison et de toxicovigilance Grand Ouest
CHU Angers, Université Angers,
4, rue Larrey
49 933 Angers Cedex 9
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After the industrial fire in Rouen on September 26, health impacts were monitored for one month to detect any increased recourse to emergency care and to describe acute symptoms potentially associated with the fire or its odors. The assessment was based mainly on data from emergency departments and the French poison control and toxicovigilance centers, and on odor-related symptoms reported to local air quality monitoring networks. The symptoms described involved essentially respiratory and gastrointestinal irritation, not requiring substantial recourse to emergency care. These results will later be supplemented by a study assessing the short- and medium-term perceived health impacts of the fire on physical and mental health.