Chemical Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism: Toxic Industrial Chemicals (TICs) and Toxic Industrial Materials (TIMs) - LIVE Course
Saturday, September 12, 2015 | 8:00am - 4:30pm
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Health Affairs (OHA) Chemical Defense Program (CDP) in collaboration with the Nassau County Fire Marshal’s Office and the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) will hold a one-day Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved awareness level training course addressing the medical and psychological impact of industrial chemicals used as terrorist weapons.
This training will utilize a symptom-based clinical approach to describe the medical impact of various chemical poisons. It will provide a framework to enhance recognition of the common health effects of apparently disparate chemical toxins, describe the risk to various healthcare workers, and introduce clinical and public health management strategies.
The training is targeted towards local first responders, EMTs, paramedics, emergency physicians, emergency response coordinators, public health officials, industrial hygienists, hazardous materials personnel, nurses, and others involved with chemical terrorism preparedness and response.
By attending this one-day course, the participant will be able to:
- Understand the concept of chemical agents of opportunity, TICs and TIMs, and appreciate the basis for increased public health preparedness.
- Identify chemical agents of opportunity that could be used by terrorists.
- Discuss the past use of these chemicals in mass exposure situations.
- Describe the major health effects of TICs, TIMs and other important non-volatile chemical agents that could be used by terrorists.
- Identify the primary modalities available to assess and treat victims of such chemical exposures.
- Understand the psychological impact of mass chemical exposures.
Agenda / Course Syllabus
8:00-8:45am - Introduction - Why Toxic Industrial Chemicals?
This module provides a framework to understand and apply with confidence important toxicology principles (exposure pathway, dose-response, toxidromes, association vs. causation). TICs/TIMs are defined and the concept of “agents of opportunity” is introduced, distinguishing these agents from purpose-derived chemical warfare agents. Historic events and hazard ranking systems are discussed.
8:45-9:30am - Inhalation of Toxic Industrial Gases
9:30-10:15am - Neurotoxins
10:15-10:30am - Break
10:30-11:15am - Agricultural Chemicals of Concern
11:15-12:00pm - Cyanide and Fumigants
12:00-1:20pm - Lunch Break
1:20-2:00pm - Water, Food & Medication as Vectors
2:00-2:45pm - Delayed-Onset Toxins
2:45-3:00pm - Break
3:00-3:45pm - Psychological Consequences of Mass Exposure
3:45-4:15pm - Table Top Exercise
4:15-4:30pm - Closing Remarks
Dr. McKay is a medical toxicologist at Hartford Hospital and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, where he is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine. He is a diplomat of the ABMT and the ABMS Toxicology Subboard. He is the Associate Medical Director of the Connecticut Poison Control Center and the Director of the Toxicology Fellowship at UConn. Dr. McKay also directs a toxicology consult service at Hartford Hospital and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (CCMC). As Medical Director of Occupational Health Services for Hartford Hospital and CCMC, he also evaluates questions of workplace safety and toxic exposure for 9,000 employees.
He has served on the ACMT Board of Directors since 2007 and is the Past Chair of the ACMT Practice Committee. Dr. McKay is active in biopreparedness efforts at the local and state level and has helped lead ACMT’s participation in the Department of Homeland Security’s Chemical Terrorism Risk Assessment (CTRA) process. Dr. McKay is also the National Coordinator of the ACMT-ATSDR Regional Consultation Network.