ACMT emergency response course to be held in Ontario

The American College of Medical Toxicology recently announced that it will hold an educational workshop on effective emergency response to toxic industrial chemical threats in Ottawa, Ontario, on February 5 and 6.

The educational workshop will be titled "Chemical Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism," and is sponsored by the Canadian Safety and Security Program of the Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit of Health Canada. All persons and organizations involved with emergency planning and response in Canada are encouraged to contact the organizers of the course for information.

Eight course modules will be covered during the training, including industrial gases, neurotoxins, delayed-onset toxicants, mass exposure and its psychological effects, potential delivery methods of chemical agents and post-event monitoring. Both Canadian and U.S. experts will lead the course, including interactive teaching and hands-on training on emergency response, preparation and mitigation of chemical threats and natural disasters.

"This course is an opportunity for individuals from a variety of backgrounds to bring their expertise to bear on complex problems," University of Connecticut School of Medicine Medical Toxicologist Chuck McKay said. "The interdisciplinary interactions are very rewarding."

The course will be taught in Ottawa, but webinar access will be available.

The ACMT is a non-profit association of experts in medical toxicology. It is dedicated to the advancement of toxicology-related science and medicine.