Responding to Suspected Biological Agents
The course provides training for representatives from first responder, law enforcement, and public health agencies regarding collection of suspicious (powder) samples in accordance with Florida Department of Health Bureau of Laboratory guidelines. This ensures timely and accurate laboratory analysis of suspicious non‐clinical samples associated with potential public health threats. Participants will have the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with safe and effective sample collection techniques and to utilize appropriate protocols and the sample submission form.
Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
Describe characteristics of potential biological agents and their possible use in terrorism
Practice biological agent sample techniques based on the DOH protocol
Utilize appropriate chain of custody procedures for suspected biological agents
Safely package and transport a sample to one of Florida’s four LRN Public Health Reference laboratories
Discuss the efficacy of handheld assays for field sample evaluation
HazMat and Law Enforcement officials are encouraged to attend. County health department training coordinators, emergency management/planning personnel and other security personnel may also benefit from this course.
Palm Beach County Emergency Operations Center
20 South Military Trail,
West Palm Beach, FL 33415
To register for the training please email your name, organization, email address and telephone contact to Chd06Post@doh.state.fl.us . Do not forget to include the date and time of the training you prefer.
For more information please contact Sharon Denton‐Gow , DOH Region 7 Training Coordinator at:
Chd06Post@doh.state.fl.us or 954‐467‐4700 ext 5022