U.K. HSE reveals new plant safety computer model

The U.K. Health and Safety Executive (HSE), London, announced a new computer model to enable plant operators to improve the effectiveness of warnings to the public in the case of a major incident. The government safety watchdog said the model will allow accurate risk assessment for site and preplanning purposes, while taking account of the methods of public emergency response teams. The new model was created after studies showed there are marked differences in the effectiveness of different types of warning systems, depending on where they are placed and how they are perceived. HSE said this can lead to considerable variation in the time it takes local residents to evacua...

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