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DOE-EM-STD-5503-94
5.4.1. Level A PPE
5.4.1.1. Respiratory Protection
Level A respiratory protection is positive pressure, full face-piece self-contained breathing
apparatus (SCBA), or positive pressure supplied air respirator (with escape bottle for
immediately dangerous to life or health (IDLH) or potential IDLH atmosphere).
5.4.1.2. Protective Clothing
Protective clothing provides maximum skin protection. It is used when the potential exists for
splash or immersion by chemicals and/or radiologically contaminated liquids, or for exposure to
vapors, fumes, gases, or particulates that are harmful to skin or capable of being absorbed
through the skin. This class of protection is acceptable for radiological work activities
categorized as "High" involving pressurized or large volume liquids, or closed system breach
(see DOE Radiological Control Manual). Level A protective clothing includes:
Totally encapsulating non-permeable, chemical-resistant suit;
Coveralls inner suit;
Modest clothing under coveralls (e.g., shorts and T-shirt/long underwear);
Disposable gloves and boot covers (worn over fully encapsulating suit);
Boots, chemical-resistant, steel toe and shank (depending on suit construction, worn
over or under suit boot);
Hard hat (under suit); and
Hearing protection (as needed).
5.4.1.3. Other Protective Apparatus
Other protective apparatus which may be used includes:
Cooling unit/system,
2-way radio communications,
Cold weather gear/clothing, and
Protection from biological hazards/pests.
5.4.2. Level B PPE
5.4.2.1. Respiratory Protection
Level B respiratory protection is positive pressure, full face-piece self-contained breathing
apparatus (SCBA), or a positive pressure supplied air respirator (with escape bottle for
immediately dangerous to life or health (IDLH) or potential IDLH atmosphere).
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