Chemical Weapons

Chemical Weapons

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 This course will review the various chemicals that are used as weapons and the health effects associated with certain chemical agents. This course will also cover the treatment options and identify sources of chemical agent information. This course has been designed to be self-directed and should not take more than two hours to complete.

 CEUs: 1.5 contact hours (0.15 CEUs) awarded upon successful completion



 By the end of Chemical Weapons training, the learner will be able to:

Module 1: Characteristics of Chemical Weapons

    • Define chemical weapons
    • Describe the characteristics of chemical weapons
    • List the categories of chemical warfare agents

 Module 2: Health Effects and Treatment Options

    • Describe the health effects of the following CWAs
    • Blister Agents/Vesicants
    • Blood Agents
    • Choking/Lung/Pulmonary Agents
    • Nerve Agents
    • Incapacitating Agents
    • Biotoxins
    • Understand the effect/mode of toxicity of each CWA
    • Review the symptoms of each CWA
    • Describe the treatment options of each CWA


 Capability 13: Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation

Function 1: Conduct public health surveillance and detection

Function 2: Conduct public health and epidemiological investigations

Function 3: Recommend, monitor, and analyze mitigation actions

Function 4: Improve public health surveillance and epidemiological investigation systems

 Capability 14: Responder Safety and Health

Function 1: Identify responder safety and health risks

Function 2: Identify safety and personal protective needs

Function 4: Monitor responder safety and health actions


Plan for and Improve Practice

3.1 Plan for and Improve Practice: Contribute expertise to a community hazard vulnerability analysis (HVA)

3.2 Plan for and Improve Practice: Contribute expertise to the development of emergency plans

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