HAZMAT - Minnesota Dept. of Health
 

Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness

If you need information on testing a suspicious substance, see:
Information for First Responders and Public Safety Personnel during a Suspicious Substance Event

If you are collecting clinical samples in a Chemical or Radiological Emergency situation, see below:

Infectious Disease Laboratory Emergency Information

On this page:
Unknown Chemical and Radiological Exposure Event Specimen Collection Procedures
Contact Information and Directions to MDH
Resources

Unknown Chemical and Radiological Exposure Event Specimen Collection Procedures

In the event that a group of people develops symptoms from an unknown chemical or radiological exposure event, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), may be able to assist in identifying the symptom causing chemical. Collection of blood and urine samples from the exposed individuals can be analyzed for a panel of toxic industrial compounds, chemical warfare agents and radioactive isotopes. It is imperative that specimens be collected from exposed individuals within hours of the exposure event. The following documents explain the necessary steps to properly collect and ship specimens to the laboratory. It may be useful to print each of these documents.

Contact Information and Directions to MDH

Contact Information and Directions to MDH

Resources

MDH Links

    Hazardous Materials Exposure Guide – A Step-by-Step Medical Response Guide
    This guide was a developed through a collaboration between MDH and the Minnesota Poison Control Center. This guide contains information for treating individuals that may have been exposed to toxic industrial chemicals and provides sample collection information for samples being shipped to MDH.

    MDH Chemical Terrorism Poster
    This poster was developed to remind first responders and healthcare professionals of some of the dangers associated with industrial chemicals. It highlights some of the hazard classes of concern, names representative chemicals and lists indicative lab results.

Other Links

Updated Wednesday, 31-Aug-2022 09:31:25 CDT