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IMPACT ON PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Release

SOME ISSUES TO REMEMBER (1)

 

Finally, there are a few other points to be aware of:

Prompt communication is good
BUT you cannot invent information. However, as soon as some information is known, give a provisional rating or a range of ratings.

How should you phrase what is known?
What will work best will depend on the country, the situation at the time and the event. If an INES rating cannot be established, as more information is required, possible statements could be: 'The rating is between Levels X and Y' or 'The rating is at least Level X'.

Don't second guess information.
In events where a significant release has not occurred, but is possible if the event is not controlled, the provisional rating should be based on what has occurred so far rather than an estimate of what the release might be.

Early evaluations will only be an estimate. It is possible that subsequent re-evaluation of the consequences would necessitate revision of the provisional rating.