Simplifying the assessment of building vulnerability to chemical, biological and radiological releases

Simplifying the assessment of building vulnerability to chemical, biological and radiological releases

TitleSimplifying the assessment of building vulnerability to chemical, biological and radiological releases
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsThatcher, Tracy L., Emily E. Wood, Eve Edelson, and Richard G. Sextro
InstitutionLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Abstract

The intentional or accidental release of airborne chemical, biological, or radiological materials can pose a significant threat to the health of building occupants. Pre-planning and emergency response measures, such as HVAC system manipulation and sheltering during an event, can significantly reduce the exposure of building occupants. A straightforward and comprehensive vulnerability assessment methodology is an essential tool for assisting building managers and operators in preparing for airborne hazards.