Ricin FAAKT BOARD by De Faakto Intelligence Research Observatory

De Faakto Intelligence Research Observatory

Ricin BiotoxinOSINT Study

FAAKT BOARD-Ricin Biotoxin

What is it?
• Biotoxin
• Toxic plant protein from castor bean plant
• Usually white powder maybe liquid or crystalline
• Used in industrial applications
• Used as weaponized biotoxin
• Used as terrorism tool

What does it do?
• Toxicity inhibits synthesis of proteins in cells of exposed persons
• Severe allergic reactions
• Small exposures may be fatal

Routes of Exposure
• Absorption skin open wounds-less likely intact skin
• Inhalation
• Eye contact
• Ingestion

• aerosol,
• contaminated food water

Full HAZMAT response
• NIOSH First Responders should use a NIOSH-certified Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) with a Level A protective suit when entering an area with an unknown contaminant
• Different levels of PPE apply for; red, yellow, green zones

Initial Isolation Distance
Industrial accident
• 800 meters evacuation all directions
• Spill leak 50 meters
• Solid 25 meters

Short term exposure
• Absorption-skin, eyes, lungs-Irritation, inflammation, internal bleeding, in high doses alkaline caustic burns
• Ingestion-severe vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, hypovolemia, multi-organ dysfunction
• Inhalation-cough, fever, pulmonary edema, respiratory distress, bronchial irritation, asthma

First Aid

• Treatment is supportive
• No antidote
• Remove patient from source

• Wash, irrigation, tepid water 15 minutes

• Maintain airway
• Do not induce vomiting
• Charcoal slurry absorbent for toxin

• Maintain airway
• Oxygen for shortness of breath
• Positive pressure ventilation Bag Valve Mask if required

• Decontaminate skin as per appropriate HAZMAT algorithms


This is a full HAZMAT response decontamination

First Responder
• Remove from contaminated area
• Wash first responder PPE
• Soap, water solution, soft brush
• Doff PPE-in to polyethylene bags

• Remove from contaminated area
• Remove clothing-into polyethylene bag
• Wash soap, water solution
• Caution not to break skin, cover wounds
• Prevent hypothermia
• Move patient to treatment area


Ricin-The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-Center for Disease Control (2018) https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/ershdb/emergencyresponsecard_29750002.html

Best Practices for Safe Mail Handling Interagency Security Committee-Department of Homeland Security (2018) https://www.fbiic.gov/public/2010/nov/safe_Mail_Handling.pdf

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