For your equipment, please be sure it conforms to the ANSI/ISEA 113 Standard. (American National Standard for Fixed and Portable Decontamination Shower Units)
There will soon be available an online Basic HAZMAT Life Support course (BHLS) offered through the same group that provides the AdvancedHAZMAT Life Support course (AHLS); http://www.ahls.org
You can also get some very good information and assistance through your regional Poison Center, the North Texas Regional Poison Center located at Parkland Hospital in Dallas; just open any phone book and the 800 number there will automatically connect you to them (providedfederal budget cuts haven't yet destroyed the national phone network).
Excellent training can be obtained from the FEMA/DHS Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama. Go through your State DHS coordinator or get back to me for some other contacts. Also, TEEX in College Station, TX (Associated with Texas A&M University) has some really great training programs in just about everything disasters -- to my mind, the finest training center for all types of disasters I've yet seen. Google it and talk to a guy named Gordon Lohmier if he's still running some of them.
As an Ol' Texas boy who used to practice and teach Emergency Medicine over to the John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth and was a USAFR Flight Surgeon at what used to be Carswell AFB when we exercised the entire military-civilian mass casualty program and still does a bit of Forensic Toxicology teaching over at Weatherford College in Weatherford, I'd be happy to assistyou.
Alan H. Hall, M.D.
President and Chief Medical Toxicologist
Toxicology Consulting and Medical Translating Services, Inc.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Colorado School of Public Health
University of Colorado-Denver
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2011 12:43:06 -0400
From: amber_potts**At_Symbol_Here**HOTMAIL.COMTo: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU
Our department just received a mobile mass decontamination trailer. I work at a city health department and we respond toany HAZMAT or WMD emergencies in North East Texas. Besides the users manual there really are no set guidelines for how to mass decontaminate a crowd. Has anyone every used a mass decon trailer or been in a situation where a mass decon has taken place? We are going to set up a scenario in a few months to test it out but until then I would appreciate any ideas or helpful information on mass decontamination.
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2011 15:21:11 +0000
Subject: [DCHAS-L] USA Today Article on University Lab Safety