In the assessment report the HSE said it had âno standing level of preparedness, education, resources or capability to practically respond to a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear [CBRN] incidentâ.
âExternal expertise is required to guide the HSE in the development of a HSE- wide strategy and process. A CBRN incident either terrorist or a Seveso-type [a major chemical plant accident in Italy in the 1970s] incident may well become a mass casualty incident. If this initiative is not funded the HSE will continue to fall short of its responsibilities to the public and under legislation in this regard.â
The HSE sought Â£100,000 this year to carry out âan evaluation relating to CBRN preparedness and requirements, and to outline a HSE-wide strategy and process to include training requirementsâ.