There's a military boot camp exercise I remember well where you put on a gas mask and then enter a "gas chamber" that is then filled with tear gas. At some point before the door opens again everyone must remove the gas mask, presumably to help us all remember why we put the gas mask on in the first place.
From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Stuart, Ralph
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> >Interesting article on the Chemical Safety Headlines list "WHEN CHEMICALS BECAME WEAPONS OF WAR".
> >This paragraph was copied/pasted from the article; it describes a suggestion for an old-school approach on public PPE training.
In addition, the forthcoming Jan/Feb issue of JCHAS has a story in it about how several famous major league baseball players were recruited into the US Army's Chemical Warfare Service, notably Ty Cobb and Christy Mathewson, for their leadership skills (not their chemistry understanding). They were both exposed to live gasses in training and Christy died a few years later from the effects of this exposure. It sounds like a similar philosophy was followed with the soldiers.
Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Chemical Hygiene Officer
Keene State College
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