Chemical Terrorism: Introduction & Classification - Chemical Weapons: Basic Concepts


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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 terrorism and chemical weapons to include toxic industrial chemicals, related hazards, biological effects and detection, protection and contamination 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. 6B.2 (Tier 2): Distinguishes prominent events in the history of the public health profession

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.

Public Health Preparedness Capabilities

  • Capability 1, Function 1: Determine risks to the health of the jurisdiction
  • Capability 14, Function 1: Identify responder safety and health risks  


Online/ Self-study

Credit /CEU

None available


45 mins.


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