IVHHN - The International Volcanic Health Hazard Network

VolcanoThe International Volcanic Health Hazard Network (IVHHN) is an umbrella organisation for all research and dissemination of information on volcanic health hazards and impacts.

IVHHN currently involves 31 expert members from 25 international institutions as well as corresponding members who are signed up to the mailing list. Expert members of IVHHN work in diverse scientific disciplines such as volcanology, epidemiology, toxicology, public health and physical chemistry with a common aim of trying to determine the health effects of volcanic emissions. IVHHN was launched in 2003 and is an IAVCEI Commission.




Breaking News

NEW! Global ash advice guidelines (12 October 2017)

We have produced a database of advice that is available, from around the world, on how to prepare for, and cope with, eruptions and volcanic ash and their health impacts. This is a living document that will be frequently updated. www.ivhhn.org/resources/global-ash-advice.html


Facemask page updated (26 September 2017)

In light of the potential crisis at Gunung Agung (Bali), the Information on Facemasks page has been updated with the laboratory results of the Health Interventions in Volcanic Eruptions study. Please note that these data are not yet peer reviewed.


IVHHN Library updated!

The IVHHN Library - which is a database of all known academic articles related to the health impacts of volcanic eruptions - has been fully updated and is now much easier to access with drop down links and a downloadable PDF. The Library is under the Resources tab or can be accessed directly from: www.ivhhn.org/resources/library.html

If you know of any articles which are not listed, please Contact Us.


NEW! Hawaii vog dashboard (31 August 2016)

IVHHN, in assocation with the Hawaii State Department of Health and USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory are pleased to announce the new Vog Dashboard, accessible from the IVHHN menu (Hawaii vog). This interagency product gives comprehensive information and data related to vog and its impacts.


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Download our pamphlets on preparing for ashfall and on the health hazards of ash. They are designed for mass distribution at the onset of new eruptions. They are now avaiable in English, Japanese, French Spanish, Portuguese, Swahili, Indonesian and Icelandic with Italian versions being available shortly. Please see our Pamphlets page for further infomation.





IVHHN has an article under the Guidelines tab which used to be called 'Recommended Face Masks'. This has now been updated to 'Information on face masks' and is an interim page whilst the Health Interventions in Volcanic Eruptions project investigates which types of respiratory protection are effective in protecting the general population from volcanic ash inhalation. Please note that the translations in Spanish, Japanese and Portuguese have not yet been updated.



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