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Chemical Hazards & Weapons: Introduction, Concepts, Detection and PPE


This series of presentations by Nelson Couch, Ph.D., CIH, CSP, Triangle Health & Safety, Inc. provides an overview of chemical weapons and toxic industrial chemicals, related hazards, biological effects and detection, protection and decontamination basics.

Target Audience:

These learning modules are applicable to all public health, medical, veterinary, pharmacy, emergency management, hospital and other professionals interested in public health preparedness. These modules are created by faculty and guest lecturers at the UNC-CH School of Public Health and are equivalent to graduate level content.

Educational Objectives:

  • Define terms related to chemical weapons and toxic industrial chemicals.
  • Recognize and discuss the various hazards related to chemical weapons and toxic industrial chemicals
  • Recognize and discuss the biological effects associated with chemical weapons and toxic industrial chemicals
  • Discuss the key elements in detection, protection and decontamination

Primary Toolkit:

EQUIPh Toolkit

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Institutional Author:

North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness





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