Practice-based Scenarios for Recognition, Detection and Exposure Assessment of Chemical Terrorist Agents

Bioterrorism, Chemical & Radiation Emergencies
Online Course
3 hours
University of Alabama
South Central PERLC

This course is intended as the second part of a two-part series on chemical terrorist attacks. It is highly recommended that the student take the first course “Recognition and safe handling of chemical terrorist agents” before beginning this course. Upon completion of this course, the student will have a detailed understanding of recognition strategies and various detection technologies for specific chemicals and chemical classes. The student will also be able to decide upon the appropriate detection and recognition strategies for a given specific chemical attack scenario and to conduct a preliminary exposure assessment for the surrounding exposed population.

Learning Objectives: 
  • List the signs and symptoms associated with the release of a specific chemical or group of chemicals, including cyanides, VX, sarin and other nerve agents, phosgene and other pulmonary agents, and mustard and other vesicants
  • Choose the appropriate detection technologies to determine the presence of the suspected chemical and the levels at which it exists in the surrounding environment
  • Given an initial scenario for a potential chemical terrorist attack, decide on appropriate detection technologies and conduct a preliminary exposure assessment for the surrounding area
PHEP Capabilities: 
Community Preparedness
Public Health Laboratory Testing
Emergency Operations Coordination