Situation Statement

The Situation Statement is the first part of the baseline review document. The situation statement examines local and national conditions in which a POPs (or other hazardous substance) related contaminant issue occurs. A Situation Statement is used for risk management on a country-wide or site-specific basis.

The goal of the situation statement is to assess:

  • Where challenges and opportunities may exist;
  • Strengths and weaknesses of the legal, technical, administrative or institutional aspects, and knowledge;
  • Identify why exposure to a chemical is occurring; and
  • Identify the broader environmental and socio-economic context of a chemical-related problem.

Example Questions

Specific questions to answer in the Situation Statement include:

  • Which Ministry or Departments are involved in managing toxic chemicals? the selected hot spot?
  • What chemical-specific legislation or regulations are in place in the country?
  • Is enforcement of regulations (if they exist) undertaken as necessary?
  • What relevant industries use toxic chemicals?
  • What research institutes are undertaking research or investigations into POP contaminations?
  • What level of understanding exists in government and industry about the hazards the chemical poses?
  • What level of awareness exists amongst workers and the public concerning toxic chemicals?
  • What related technical infrastructure exists (e.g. information on quantities produced/ generated, imported, in use)?
  • Existing programs for monitoring releases and environmental and human health impacts.
  • Are there any ‘bottlenecks’ in the management of toxic chemicals, nationally and/or locally?
  • Are there cases of accidents, poisonings, contamination, etc. involving toxic chemicals, and routinely reported to the relevant authorities?

Example Situation Statements

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Problem Statement

Baseline Review, Thailand
Source: Hatfield Consultants
Hatfield Consultants The World Bank funded by the Canadian POPs Trust Fund through the      
Canadian International Development Agency
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