About this item

Issue date:
30 September 2023
Status:
Current
Corporate Author:
Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand
Type:
Guidance
Topic:
Climate change, Emergency management, Environmental health
ISBN:
978-1-99-106762-3

When major fires occur, public health officers are involved if the public health may be put at risk.  The purpose of these guidelines is to assist public health officers’ response to major fires in urban and built environments to minimise public health risk.

These guidelines provide an overview of the types of contaminants that can be released during fires and the information that needs to be collected to inform decisions on sampling and analysis. They also include advice on evacuation versus sheltering in relation to fire incidents, health monitoring and communication. They do not replace local hazardous substance incident protocols and should be read alongside the latest version of the National Hazmat Public Health Incident Response Plan.

These guidelines are a companion document to Response to Wildfires: Guidelines for Public Health Officers (Te Whatu Ora 2023).

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Guidelines for Public Health Officers

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Guidelines for Public Health Officers