Chemical agents, being at the core of modern industrial systems, has attained a very serious concern for disaster management within government and community. Chemicals such as chlorine, which were used during World War I as chemical weapons—is also key ingredient in numerous commercial products. Correct application of chemicals is very important. Appropriate use will be beneficial while misuse will bring disasters. This course will provide learners with an overview of issues in relation to chemical disasters due to industrial accidents, terrorism and war attack. In particular, it introduces the basics of chemical agents with health hazards, the immediate and chronic health effects of exposure to hazardous chemicals and the measures in prevention, preparedness and response to chemical disasters.
There are three sections in this e-learning module on chemical emergencies:
- Section One is an introduction about chemical disaster and basic chemistry. It would elaborate the definition of chemical disasters and their usual causes. It would introduce the different categories of hazardous chemicals.
- Section Two provides detailed information of different hazardous chemical agents:
- Physical hazardous agents
- Explosive/ flammable/ oxidizer/ compressed liquefied gas
- Health hazardous agents
- Nerve Agents/Pulmonary Agents/Blood Agents /Blister Agents/ Riot Control Agents
- Physical hazardous agents
- Section Three discusses measures in chemical disasters Preparedness, Protection and Response. It would cover the three important components of emergency response to chemical casualties, and provides an overview of suggestion for different parties of the community for better chemical disaster prevention and response. Appropriate HAZMAT scene management together with PPE donning and doffing would be demonstrated.
Although this module is primarily for the first responders to chemical emergencies, it is also suitable for the general public who are interested in knowing more about chemical disasters. The healthcare professionals may find it useful in case they want to refresh their HAZMAT knowledge. I hope you will join us in this learning experience.
Course Goals and Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Explain the different types of hazardous chemicals
- Identify the health risks and consequences of exposure to hazardous chemicals
- Demonstrate the important components for chemical disasters prevention, preparedness and response
The Black Death, Spanish Flu, SARS, Ebola ... In the history of mankind, deadly infections and appalling disasters are inseparable. Science has given us the ability to hunt down the pathogens. However, pathogens – new and old – keep emerging and evolving in every corner of the planet. In today’s highly interconnected world, a single sneeze may set off a global pandemic.
Are you prepared for the next pandemic? How can we prepare for disasters caused by infectious diseases? This e-learning module is about biological disasters, the third in our series of e-learning module on CBRN emergencies.
This module is organized into five sections:
Section 1, Dr LP Leung will give you an overview of the subject of biological disasters and explain the relationship between infectious diseases and disasters.
Section 2, Dr Kelvin To will talk about influenza viruses and how they cause pandemics.
Section 3, Professor Malik Peiris will go through some of the emerging infections that have potentials of causing biological disasters.
Section 4, Dr Rex Lam will introduce to you some basic concepts about bioterrorism and the principles of response.
Section 5, Dr Thomas Tsang will discuss how we can best respond to an infectious disease disaster in the community.
If you are interested to know how a patient’s journey is like in a hospital isolation ward, you can join our virtual tour at the end of our module.
The module is designed to be mobile-friendly so that you can study anytime, anywhere. Chinese subtitles and Putonghua voice over are available for audience who prefer using Chinese in learning. If you want to know more about the topics discussed in the videos, you can refer to the list of suggested readings at the end of each session. You can also test your knowledge by taking multiple-choice (MCQ) test. An electronic certificate will be awarded to you upon completion of the module.
Enroll now and learn more about biological disaster!
Course Goals and Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
1. describe the relationship between infectious diseases and disasters
2. understand some basic concepts about influenza
3. recognize the threat of emerging infectious diseases and the driving forces behind them
4. understand the basic concepts about bioterrorism and the principles of response
5. describe the basic principles in community response to an infectious disease disaster.
(Video captions: English and Traditional Chinese)
Course DescriptionRadiation is around us, both natural and man-made. Although everyone is exposed to radiation every day, misunderstanding about radiation is common. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant incident has sparked off fear of the harmful effects of radiation around the world.
There are three sections in this e-learning module on radiation emergencies:
- Section One is an introduction about the basics of radiation. For instance, the difference between ionizing and non-ionizing radiation and the different ways to measure radiation.
- Section Two is about the health effects of acute exposure to radiation. The mechanisms by which ionizing radiation damages our cells and the clinical manifestations of acute exposure are introduced.
- Section Three discusses the measures in response to a radiation emergency. The principles of emergency department preparedness, the use of personal protective equipment and the procedure of decontamination are presented.
Course Goals and ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Explain the causes and consequences of a radiation emergency
- Identify the health risks of a radiation emergency
- Demonstrate the procedures for preparedness and protection for a radiation emergency