University of Hertfordshire

Treating people exposed to chemical agents

As terror threats increased across the globe, the UK and US governments sought to determine the most effective method of treating people who have been exposed to chemical agents.

The US Department of Health and Human Services asked the University of Hertfordshire’s Toxicology Research Group to study the decontamination processes and translate the evidence into clear policy guidance.

The findings provided the scientific evidence that underpins new operating principles – the Initial Operational Response – for emergency services in what is known as a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or CBRN, event.

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