Proengin Academy First Event - Detection & Monitoring During Chemical Suicide Response - A Risk-Based Approach
Proengin is thrilled to announce its very first “Proengin Academy” Event.
On the 21st of June, Christina Baxter & Scott Hartley will discuss risks Hazmat Teams are facing when responding to a Chemical Suicide Event and share about best practices around Chemical Threat Detection & Monitoring.
Globally, there are 800,000 deaths by suicide annually or one suicide every 40 seconds. This represents 1.4% of global deaths with some countries having rates as high as 5%. These numbers are likely low estimates as reporting is inconsistent or not recorded. Chemical suicide in the United States have remained at a static rate of 0.4 deaths per 100,000 people for the past decade. This rate correlates to approximately 1500 deaths annually. Sadly, the overall suicide rate remains at approximately 50 deaths per 100,000. While the overall proportion of suicides involving the use of chemicals (excluding alcohol & drugs) remains low, due to the nature of the exposures the risk to the emergency response community is high. The chemical suicide methods have continued to evolve due to changes in the access to raw materials and methods. New methods are shared widely through various internet sites and chat rooms with many providing high specificity on the chemical amounts recommended. While organophosphate ingestions historically have represented the most chemical suicides, more recent trends have been towards Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) and Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN). This is partly due to tighter regulations on the organophosphates worldwide as well as the inclusion of vomiting agents in many to minimize the chance of accidental ingestions. Other methods include Phosphine (PH3), Carbon Monoxide (CO), Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Sodium Azide (NaN3), Sodium Nitrite (NaNO2), and inert gases such as Helium (He). Join Emergency Response TIPS and Proengin for a free webinar on a risk-based approach for the determination of suicide methods. Attendees will receive guidance documents on using the AP4C by Proengin in conjunction with LEL and oxygen readings to help identify threat materials.