Chemical Weapons: Detection Basics


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Course Description

This course is provided by North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness and will require a secondary login and/or registration.

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

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Target Audience

This course is designed for all public health, medical, veterinary, pharmacy, emergency management, hospital and other professionals interested in public health preparedness

Learning Objectives

Having completed this course, the learner will be able to:

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

Council of Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (COL)/COL Tier(s)

  1. 1B.1 (Tier 2): Assesses the health status of populations and their related determinants of health and illness (e.g., factors contributing to health promotion and disease prevention, availability and use of health services)

Professional/Disciplinary Competencies

CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Competencies

  • 1.1AA 1. Recognize public health problems pertinent to the population

Public Health Preparedness & Response Core Competency Model

  • 3.2 Contribute expertise to the development of emergency plans. 


Online/ Self-study

Credit /CEU

None available


15 mins.


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