Guidelines and Databases


IVHHN is in the process of producing a set of guidelines and databases on volcanic health issues.


Some are provided fully translated into Japanese and Spanish. You can still use the translation tool on the right hand side to automatically translate the English articles into any of the available languages.


Please click on the links below to go to IVHHN's Guidelines and Databases pages:

Leachate Protocols

(for scientists)


Protocol for analysis of bulk ash samples

(for scientists)

Volcanic Gas Guidelines

(for emergency managers and scientists)

Japanese flag Japanese Gas Guidelines
Spanish flag Guia sobre gases volcanicos

Volcanic Ash Leachate Analysis Database (for scientists)

Japanese flag Japanese Leachate Guidelines
Spanish flag Base de datos para lixiviado

Information on face masks (for public & emergency managers)

N.B. Revisions made 26 September 2017

  N.B. These guidelines are now out of date
Japanese flag Japanese Mask Guidelines
Spanish flag Máscaras protectoras de polvo
Mascaras de poeiras recomendadas 

Ash Collection Procedures (for scientists)

Japanese flag Japanese Collection 
Spanish flag Procedimientos para colectar muestras de cenizas

Ash Grain-Size Distribution Analysis (for scientists)

Japanese flag Japanese Grain-Size Guidelines
Spanish flag Guia Para El Analisis De la Distribucion


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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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