Chemical suicides: Hazards and how to manage them

Citation data:

Journal of Chemical Health and Safety, ISSN: 1871-5532, Vol: 25, Issue: 2, Page: 2-5

Publication Year:
2018
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DOI:
10.1016/j.jchas.2017.08.001
Author(s):
Michael Logan; Christina Baxter
Publisher(s):
Elsevier BV
Tags:
Chemistry; Chemical Engineering
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article description
Emergency response to chemical suicides has become more common place in recent years. In order to address the operational implications of these events, it is first important to understand the methodologies which are commonly used, the locations where the events often occur, the concentrations of material generated, and how those concentration relates to exposure standards and flammability. Using hydrogen sulfide, carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, and phosphine as examples, guidance is offered about risk control measures including personal protective equipment and decontamination strategies to effectively and safely mitigate the incidents.