For the Professional in Government, Industry and Academia with an interest in Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense, Disarmament and Verification; Chemical and Biological Terrorism; Emergency and Disaster Medical Planning; Industrial Health and Safety; and Environmental Protection.

ASA 07-3, Issue No. 120, June 7, 2007


Ed. Note: ASA thanks our friend of many years, Dr. Ralf Trapp, for this very informative article on the OPCW Academic Forum that will take place in the Hague in September. Dr. Trapp Chairs the Program Committee for the Forum.

The OPCW Academic Forum
The Hague, 18-19 September 2007

Dr. Ralf Trapp

          On 18-19 September 2007, the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), the Netherlands Institute for Foreign Relations (the Clingendael Institute) and the OPCW will co-host the 2007 OPCW Academic Forum. This is a first in a series of activities planned to provide for a more structured feedback mechanism to connect the academic world with the policy makers and treaty implementers in the field of chemical weapons disarmament and non-proliferation.

Full Article

 

The following Sector Summaries provide a detailed review of the 14th international meeting of the CBMTS, CBMTS Ind V in Cavtat, Croatia from 14-20 April 2007. Each Sector Summary is a complete and separate report.

Sector I: Chemical and Radiological Threats
Chair: Dr. David Moore (Sector review)
Co-Chair: Dr. R.C. Whitcomb Jr.
Co-Chair: Dr. Ronald Chesser

          Thirteen oral presentations by scientists from nine counties provided the content of the Chemical and Radiological Threats Sector of CBMTS Industry V. The presentations covered a broad range of topics in three major categories; 1. Medical aspects of toxic chemicals, 2. Detection and health effects of radiation and 3. Policy issues related to the control of hazardous materials. The following is a list of final presentations.

Full Article

A Wake Up Call from Australia:

Adequate Safety for a Plethora of BSL III/IV Labs in the US?

Science, Vol 316 of 4 May 2007 reported a coroner said the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) was complacent in the death of a senior technician in 2001. The well experienced technician had entered a containment room at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory, although sensors had registered diminishing levels of oxygen, in fact down to 0.03% at time of accident. The technician's absence was not noted until his wife came to the lab the next morning. He presumably passed out while still ingressing via the airlock. The CSIRO has now mandated strict guidelines for all 50 of their facilities to include lockdown if O2 falls below 19.5%, as well as tracking of all lab staff at work. How many of our "contemplated" III's and IV's have been adequately designed to prevent the above? Are our guidelines adequate for all the many BSL III/IV lab possibilities? We doubt it.

an inside look at ASA 07-3

The Professional Library
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The G. Eliava Institute of Bacteriophages
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The GMMA 3rd National NBC Symposium

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16th International Conference IMS

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CBMTS VII - the seventh plenary, Spiez
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The Chemists of Chemical Warfare
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The ASTM and the ASA Professionals
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ON THE STREET
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A New ASA Correspondent
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The ASA Newsletter from times past
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CBRN Defence Asis - Singapore
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Industry Notes:
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Recent Contracts
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BioScope‘07
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