Module 7: Radiological Emergencies
For other spills:
Stop or secure the operation causing the spill, if it
can be done safely
Warn others in the area and notify Radiological
Isolate the spill area, if possible
Minimize individual exposure and contamination
Secure unfiltered ventilation (fan, open windows,
Considerations in Rescue and Recovery
In extremely rare cases, emergency exposure to high
levels of radiation may be necessary. This is done to
rescue personnel or protect major property.
Rescue and recovery operations that involve
radiological hazards can be very complex.
The type of response to these operations is generally
left up to the official in charge of the emergency
situation. The official's judgment is guided by many
variables that include determining the risk versus the
benefit of an action and deciding how best to
implement the action.
No individual shall be required to perform a rescue
action that might involve substantial personal risk.
All personnel selected to provide emergency
response shall be trained commensurate with the
hazards in the area and required controls. They shall
be briefed beforehand on the known or anticipated
hazards to which they shall be subjected.
The DOE guidelines for control of Emergency
Exposure are as follows:
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