SAMPLE DECONTAMINATION LAYOUTS AND PROCEDURES
FOR LEVELS OF PROTECTION A THROUGH C
The objective of these procedures is to minimize the risk of exposure to
hazardous substances in the field. Protective equipment must be worn by
personnel when response activities involve known or suspected hazardous
substances. The procedures for decontaminating personnel upon leaving the
contaminated area are discussed for personal protective equipment levels A
through C. The procedures given are for the maximum and minimum amount of
decontamination used for each level of protection.
The maximum decontamination procedures for all levels of protection consist of
specific activities at 19 stations. Each station emphasizes an important aspect of
decontamination. When establishing a decontamination line, each aspect should
be incorporated separately or combined with other aspects into a procedure with
fewer steps (such as the minimum decontamination procedures).
Decontamination lines are site-specific and vary depending on the types of
contamination and work activities conducted on-site. When the decontamination
line is no longer required, contamination wash and rinse solutions and
contaminated articles must be contained and disposed of as hazardous wastes in
compliance with State and Federal regulations.