Although chemical weapons are no longer used and are now regulated under the Chemical Weapons Convention, they are still found in areas of former manufacturing, storage and disposal. Ever y year numerous incidents are reported where people have been exposed to these chemicals through contact with buried or sea dredged ammunition, resulting from WWI/WWII
disposal activities. These chemicals cause severe burns and blisters and are known carcinogens. RPS has a licence to acquire and keep explosives and can analyse a variety of related explosive products including: precursors, stabilizers, taggants, and degradation products.
RPS can offer screening for other chemical agents and related chemicals in soil, water, swabs and a variety of other materials. The laboratory provides rapid analysis of materials suspected of containing blister agents and their breakdown products such as:
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