Advanced Hazmat Life Support


This course is run over three days: 

22 May 2024  Day 1  09:00-17:00
23 May 2024 Day 2  09:00-16:00
24 May 2024 Day 3 09:00-13:30


This internationally recognised AHLS course teaches comprehensive knowledge for the medical management of patients exposed to hazardous materials. This course will take place in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda.

This course builds on the knowledge and skills introduced during the emergency toxicology course. It is recommended that course candidates strongly consider completing this basic course before enrolling in the more advanced AHLS course.

The focus is on a systematic response for the medical management of chemical incidents (including nerve agents). However, incidents with exposure to biological and radiological events are also addressed.  

This two-and-half day face-to-face course is delivered as a series of lectures and interactive interactive workshops. The final day is focused on multi-disciplinary outdoor simulation scenarios based on a variety of challenging settings, facilitated by our exciting and challenging venue.  Course topics covered include: 

  • Welcome, aims and setting the scene 
  • Epidemiology and important properties of hazmat
  • An approach to medical management with hazmat
  • Irritant gases 
  • Asphyxiants 
  • Insecticide poisoning 
  • Corrosive agents 
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Hydrazines and pyrodxine 
  • Hydrofluric acid and fluorides
  • Chemical, biological and radiation terrorism. 

Upon completion of an AHLS provider course, candidates eligible to become a verified AHLS provider will receive a certificate of completion and an AHLS provider verification card. This verification card is valid for up to four years. Holders can renew their verification status online once every four years following the completion of a live course.

Suitable for: SHOs, registrars and consultants: emergency medicine.

Learning outcomes

  • To develop and practise a systematic approach to hazardous materials exposure.
  • To review and establish common poisoning toxidromes and management algorithms.
  • To understand ammonia toxicity and management.
  • To know toxic asphyxiants and their denomination.
  • To be able to manage corrosive, fluoride and insecticide exposure.
  • To describe and recognise the effects of chemical, biological and radiation poisoning.