Detection, identification and monitoring is an essential step in responding to any event involving toxic chemical warfare agents. There is however a series of main differences between on-field and in-lab detection of highly hazardous chemicals. For a haz-mat first responder at an incident site or for an analytical chemist working in a conventional laboratory, time scale and the accuracy level of the analytical response is totally different. Then, civilian responders’ absolute priority is to save lives, with a strict zero-risk approach. Conversely, armed forces’ approach is mission-oriented and risks, even under life-threatening conditions, might be considered acceptable, under extreme conditions.

Detection, Identification and Monitoring of Chemical Warfare Agents: a Comparison Between on-Field and in-Lab Approach / M. Guidotti, M.C. Ranghieri, S. Econdi (NATO SCIENCE FOR PEACE AND SECURITY SERIES. A, CHEMISTRY AND BIOLOGY). - In: Toxic Chemical and Biological Agents : Detection, Diagnosis and Health Concerns / [a cura di] G. Sindona, J.H. Banoub, M.L. Di Gioia. - [s.l] : Springer, 2020. - ISBN 978-94-024-2040-1. - pp. 235-238 [10.1007/978-94-024-2041-8_20]

Detection, Identification and Monitoring of Chemical Warfare Agents: a Comparison Between on-Field and in-Lab Approach

S. Econdi
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2020

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Detection, identification and monitoring is an essential step in responding to any event involving toxic chemical warfare agents. There is however a series of main differences between on-field and in-lab detection of highly hazardous chemicals. For a haz-mat first responder at an incident site or for an analytical chemist working in a conventional laboratory, time scale and the accuracy level of the analytical response is totally different. Then, civilian responders’ absolute priority is to save lives, with a strict zero-risk approach. Conversely, armed forces’ approach is mission-oriented and risks, even under life-threatening conditions, might be considered acceptable, under extreme conditions.
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