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Oregon State University Chemical Exposure Disaster Protocol

Research Protocol
Publicly Available, No Cost
The Oregon State University Superfund Research Program and the Pacific Northwest Center for Translational Environmental Health are focused on chemical exposures before, during and after disasters. The Centers developed a broad Disaster Protocol, enabling rapid responses to disasters. In the case of Hurricane Harvey, using the pre-positioned protocol, researchers were able to obtain project-specific human subjects ethical approval and initiate data collection within three weeks of Harvey making landfall in Houston. The protocol pairs the passive sampling wristband with a short, self-report, online-based questionnaire administered via Qualtrics. The passive sampler can be stored at room temperature and mailed to participants with simple written instructions. Participants wear the wristband, typically for seven days. During that time, the wristband passively sequesters exposure to semi-volatile and volatile organic compounds. Participants return the wristband via mail with a pre-paid envelope. Currently, the wristband can be analyzed for over 1,530 chemical analytes. Training materials and recruitment materials are available online: The associated Questionnaire can be found:

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    • Research Protocol
      • Chemical, Contamination or Release Event
        • Chemical Agent

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