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Chemical Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism (CAOT) Workshop February 5-6, 2014, Ottawa, ON

CanadaHealth.jpgJohn G. Diefenbaker Building

111 Sussex Drive

Lead Organization: Health Canada, Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit

Sponsor: Canadian Safety and Security Program 

Target Audience: The target audience would be those with responsibilities related to the public health and emergency management of chemical incidents from all levels of Government. We hope to have a mixed audience from the following sectors or communities of practice: Public and Environmental Health, Psycho-Social, Risk Assessment, First Responders, Emergency Medical Services, Forensic, Defence, Safety and Security and Academia.

Approach: Workshop content based on a course initially developed under a contract with ATSDR/CDC, and also sponsored by the US Department of Homeland Security. The Chemical Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism course is approved by the US Federal Emergency Management Agency, delivered by Medical Toxicologists, and complemented by other presentations.

Workshop Language: English


Provide an opportunity for a diverse selection of partners across domains and jurisdictions to learn, collaborate and network  in order to enhance Canadian readiness level to manage the risks from Toxic Industrial Chemicals (TICs). 

This will be achieved by identifying and characterizing the risks for chemical agents of opportunity for terrorism, describing past use of these chemicals in mass exposure situation, their major health effects, the primary modalities available to treat victims of such exposure and the psychosocial impact of mass chemical exposures.


Day 1 - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

8:00-9:00am Registration
9:00-9:15am Introduction & Welcome ‐ Workshop Overview
9:15-9:30am Sponsor Canadian Safety and Security Program 
Norman J. Yanofsky, Acting Head CBRNE Threats and Hazards
9:30-9:45am Project Champion
Andrew Adams, Director General, Environmental and Radiation Health Sciences, Health Canada

Toxic Warfare: Beyond Conventional Chemical Weapons
Paul M. Wax, MD, FACMT, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

10:30-10:45am Break

Clinical Neurotoxicology of Chemical Terrorism
Marco L. Sivilotti, MD, FACMT, Queen's University School of Medicine

11:30am-12:15pm Toxic Industrial Gases as Terrorist Threats
Sophie Gosselin, MD, McGill University Health Centre
12:15-1:15pm Lunch Break

Chemical Terrorism Risk Assessment (CTRA)
Jessica A. Cox, CTRA Program Manager, US Department of Homeland Security Chemical Security Analysis Center


Cyanide and Fumigants
Robert S. Hoffman, MD, FACMT, New York University School of Medicine / NYC Poison Control Center

2:45-3:00pm Break

Chemical Contamination of Food, Water & Medication
Charles A. McKay, MD, FACMT, University of Connecticut School of Medicine


Terrorism by Fear and Uncertainty: Delayed Toxic Syndromes 
Paul M. Wax, MD, FACMT

Optional Social Event
Poison Centers and Disaster Management

Day 2 - Thursday, February, 6, 2014  

9:00-9:15am Day 2 Workshop Overview
9:15-10:00am Public Health Management of Chemical Incidents
Professor David Russell, WHO Collaborating Center for the Management of Chemical Incidents
10:00-10:15am Break

Observed Behaviors During Mass Chemical Exposures
Mark Kirk, MD, FACMT, US Department of Homeland Security

11:00-11:45AM Acute Exposure Guideline Levels (AEGL)
Daniel Krewski,MHA, MSc, PhD, Risk Sciences International, former Chair of the US National Research Council's Committee on Acute Exposure Guideline Levels
11:45am-12:45pm Lunch Break
12:45-1:30pm Post‐Event Medical Monitoring 
Charles A. McKay, MD, FACMT
1:30-1:45pm Break
1:45-3:45pm Tabletop: Response to Mass Chemical Release
Charles A. McKay, MD, FACMT and faculty
3:45-4:15pm Conclusion and Evaluations

Accreditation Statement

This event is approved for up to eleven (11) credits by the Office for Continuing Health Professional Education (CHPE). The Office for CHPE, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Education (CACME).

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Each physician should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Cette activité est accréditée pour onze (11) crédits par le Bureau de formation continue des professionnels de la santé (FCPS). Le bureau de FCPS de la Faculté de médecine de l’Université McGill est autorisé par le Comité d’agrément pour l’éducation médicale continue (CAÉMC).

Cette activité est une activité de formation collective agréée, aux termes de la section 1 du programme de Maintien du certificat du Collège royal des médecins et chirurgiens du Canada.

Chaque médecin doit demander des crédits seulement pour le nombre d’heures où il/elle a participé à l’activité de formation.

Participation & Registration

Options will be available to attend in person or via webinar.  

Workshop material will be available for download from the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) website. Attendance is by invitation only, there are no registration costs.  Travel, accommodation and hospitality are not covered. A block of hotel rooms has been set aside. Hotel information will be provided to registrants.

Continuing medical education credits (CME) may be available for participating Physicians.