A number of industry-led schemes are in operation for specific chemical products where, due to the nature of the hazards of the material or the specific expertise needed to effect a response, the manufacturers co-operate to provide emergency assistance to the emergency services.
In the case of the specialist aid schemes listed, general scientific advisers may have neither the expertise nor the experience to handle them in the quantities likely to be involved in an incident. Immediate contact with the specialist organisation is essential as major incident could easily result from incorrect actions
If a response from one of these schemes is required, the contact details should be used where provided; where these are not available contact the NCEC Chemsafe line (01235 836002). The schemes below are known to be operating in the UK.