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Novichok nerve agents. A BCRNe threat

Novichok nerve agents. A BCRNe threat

Among the chemical weapons in the field of NRBCE, we generally distinguish vesicants (mustard, lewisite), hemotoxics (hydrocyanic acid, cyanogen chloride) and organophosphorus neurotoxics (Tabun, Sarin, Soman). To the latter are added the VX and VR versions more toxic than previous. On the other hand, little is known about novichoks, whose toxicity is still greater than that…

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Phytopharmaceutical products (phytosanitary)

Phytopharmaceutical products (phytosanitary)

There is a lot of talk about plant phytosanitary products and this is an opportunity to take a look at the use of these chemical or biological substances in agriculture and the protection measures associated with them. Definitions A phytopharmaceutical product is a preparation containing one or more active substances for: protect plants or plant…

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From BCN  to BCRNE

From BCN to BCRNE

Called the BCN threat – Bacteriological or Biological, Chemical, Nuclear, – during the Cold War, we now call it the BCRNE threat –  Biological, Chemical, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive. Beyond the change of acronym, it is also a paradigm shift that has been achieved: the state threats “mass destruction weapons” have been replaced by the terrorist threats…

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Field tests for the detection of biological and chemical agents in the BCRNe

Field tests for the detection of biological and chemical agents in the BCRNe

The detection  First-aid workers may need to quickly identify the contents of a chemical and/or biological product spread on a surface in order to take appropriate protective and decontamination measures. This is the case, for example, of a white powder contained in an envelope. There are a number of systems on the market that are…

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Chemical simulants for BCRNE

Chemical simulants for BCRNE

Why chemical simulants? The training of professionals in the detection and decontamination of chemical warfare agents is essential because it enables the development of gesture, organization and use procedures for the various PPE and detection and decontamination devices. It also allows the practitioners to be placed in the psychological conditions that they would encounter in the…

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