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Chemical Emergencies and the Role of Public Health

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This course is provided by National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Mailman School of Public Health Columbia University and will require a secondary login and/or registration.

This course is provided by the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health and will require a secondary login.

This training on chemical emergencies is sponsored by the National Center for Disaster Preparedness. Chemicals are part of our everyday lives and are used in common products, such as cleaning solutions, pesticides, and building materials. Thousands of chemicals are also used in industrial and manufacturing processes. Because chemicals can be toxic to humans and the environment, regulations and guidelines help to monitor their manufacture, use and disposal. However, emergencies involving chemicals can and do happen. This training aims to provide public health workers with an introduction to chemical emergencies and response.                                                                                                     

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Target Audience

None listed  

Learning Objectives

Having completed this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Types of chemical emergencies
  2. Potential health effects from chemical exposures
  3. Public health role in chemical emergency response activities

Council of Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (COL)/COL Tier(s)

None listed

Professional/Disciplinary Competencies

Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (CDC):

  • 1.4 Maintain situational awareness.
  • 1.6 Act within the scope of oneÆs legal authority.
  • 2.1 Manage information related to an emergency.
  • 2.3 Report information potentially relevant to the identification and control of an emergency through the chain of command.
  • 2.4 Collect data according to protocol.
  • 2.5 Manage the recording and/or transcription of data according to protocol.
  • 3.1 Contribute expertise to a community hazard vulnerability analysis (HVA).
  • 3.2 Contribute expertise to the development of emergency plans.
  • 4.2 Employ protective behaviors according to changing conditions, personal limitations, and threats.
  • 4.3 Report unresolved threats to physical and mental health through the chain of command.


Online/ Self-study 

Credit /CEU

None available 


1.25 hrs. 


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