MRICD develops chemical exposure field diagnostic system

From APG News: 

Drawing from the technology used by diabetics to monitor their glucose levels, Dr. Shane Kasten at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense developed an ultra-portable, easy to use device to provide early warning of suspected exposure to a

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OSHA issues proposed rule to update hazard communication standard

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued a proposed rule to update the agency’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the seventh revision of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals

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European Organic Peroxide Safety Group (EOPSG) becomes a sector group of CEFIC to further increase the awareness of safe use of organic peroxides

In response to the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, the European Organic Peroxide Safety Group (EOPSG) sees a growing need to highlight the importance of organic peroxides and their safe use. The group sees that Cefic can provide EOPSG with the tools needed to achieve this and has decided

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Beirut 'lucky' to escape a second explosion

Michael Wentler, a chemical expert managing Combi Lift's Beirut operation, has said Lebanon only escaped a second chemical inferno by chance. He commented that thousands of litres of dangerous substances stored in decaying containers for more than a decade at the port had turned the

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Bruker Launches the RAPIDplus (mod 4)

Today, Bruker announced the launch of the novel RAPIDplus (mod 4) Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) based stand-off detector for Chemical Warfare Agents (CWA) and Toxic Industrial Chemicals (TIC). RAPIDplus (mod 4) allows automated, 24/7 monitoring of

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Please be careful with what you throw in the trash

First responders in Maine are reminding people to be careful when they discard their trash after two people were treated for chemical burns on Monday. 

The Goodwins Mills Fire Department have reported that a container filled with hydrochloric acid ended up in the trash, and it was

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Man cleared over chemical explosives haul

A man charged with storing grenades, mines and chemical weapons at his farm has been cleared. Russell Wadge, 58, was charged after counter-terrorism police raided his property in Trimsaran, Carmarthenshire, in 2019.

The trial at Newport Crown Court heard that the large stocks of

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Nalvany poisoned in hotel say aides

It was announced on Nalvany's Instragram account this morning that traces of Novichik have been found on a water bottle in his hotel room in Tomsk. This has apprently been tested and confirmed by a German laboratory. 

According to the Instagram post "… It is precisely on the

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Rigaku Analytical Devices Wins New Product of the Year Award

Rigaku Analytical Devices, the market leader in handheld 1064nm Raman technology, announces its has been selected to win a New Product of the Year Award by magazine.  Security Today’s New Product of the Year Award honors the outstanding product development achievements of security

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Nalvany's Team Targeted in Novosibirsk

From Radio Free Europe

Two attackers threw a glass jar with an unknown chemical liquid into an office housing the independent political coalition supported by opposition politician Aleksei Navalny's team in Russia's third-largest city, Novosibirsk.

The jar broke and the room,

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Xplosafe win $2.47 million defense contract

XploSafe, a provider of critical safety solutions for homeland security and chemical safety, recently announced it has received a $2.47 million defense contract for its chemical-sensing wearable badges.

The contract was awarded by the U.S. Air Force Rapid Innovation Fund to XploSafe for

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Explosion at Beirut Port

The death toll from the explosion at a port in Beirut on Tuesday August 4th continues to rise as rescuers search through the rubble. The number of dead rose to  137 recently as the Lebanese army took control of the explosion site on the first day of a two-week state of emergency. It is

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Hash Oil Factory Explosion Injure Firefighters

An explosion in downtown Los Angeles injured 11 firefighters, with more than 230 sent to put out the blaze in what has been described as a factory making cannabis oil.

Captain Erik Scott of the Los Angeles fire department said “one significant explosion” shook the neighborhood

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PCAPP Reaches Half Way Mark

It was announced on February 26th that the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant has reached the half way mark, and has destroyed 50% of the obsolete chemical munitions stored at Pueblo Chemical Depot. 

50% equates to around 220,000 munitions,

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Cyanide Autoinjector Development

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities and Windgap Medical have received a $3.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a new device to quickly administer a recently developed antidote for cyanide poisoning.

Under the grant, researchers from the

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Kindergarteners Attacked with Caustic Soda

Fifty-four people, including 51 children, were injured after a man sprayed corrosive liquid at them in a kindergarten in Kaiyuan City, southwest China’s Yunnan Province, on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday.

The suspect, identified as a 23-year-old man surnamed Kong, broke

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NIOSH Releases First Responder Illicit Drug Toolkit

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released a new virtual toolkit to help first responders reduce their exposure to fentanyl and other illicit drugs. The toolkit provides resources to help keep first responders safe when arriving on a scene where illicit

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MCDC Award $20 Million Contract for Development of Auto-Injector

Emergent BioSolutions Inc.  announced on September 25th that it has been awarded approximately $20 million to develop and manufacture an auto-injector containing diazepam (5 mg/mL) to treat nerve agent-induced seizures. Emergent’s device is being designed for intramuscular

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LLNL Nerve Agent Antidote Shows Great Potential

Scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have been working with live agent, supercomputers, and accelerated mass spectrometry, to develop a new nerve agent antidote, namely LLNL-02. 

Their work has been showing great promise, and with somw refinement of

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Children Attacked with "Irritant Gas"

Ten children and their teacher were attacked at a train station in Germany by a perpetrator using what has been referred to as an "irritant gas".

A 39 year old man apparently approached the group and sprayed them with a yet unnamed substance. The children were initially treated at the

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Dropping CFATS Program Could be Dangerous

David Wulf, who oversees chemical security for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has warned congress that dropping The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Program could leave chemical plants vulnerable to attacks. 

CFATS, which is due to come

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Chemical Suicide Injures 9 Others

An apparent chemical suicide at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California, at the weekend, turned in to a full Hazmat situation when other guests in the hotel began to show symptoms of exposure. 

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Don’t Blow It! Phase 2 Launch Event.

DASA is inviting expressions of interest for a launch event on 1 October 2019 for our 'Don’t Blow It! Safely eliminating chemical and biological munitions on the battlefield' competition.

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Pesticide incident douses 63

An incident involving pesticide in Tulare County, California, has resulted in 63 people being treated or hospitalized. 

The pesticide Hexythiazox was being applied to an orchard using a truck with a spray rig attached when winds suddenly blew the spray towards dozens of field

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Royal decree bans use of chemical weapons

On May 8th His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman passed five royal decrees, one of which involved banning the use of chemical weapons. 

According to reports in the Times of Oman, Royal Decree No.39/2019, which implements the agreement of prohibiting chemical weapons

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