SOP 2 Radioactive Substances

  1. Who must FAO notify if a potential radiation hazard is discovered at the scene of an incident? 2 points.
    • Advise oncoming appliances.
    • Advise Comms to notify Radiation Protection Branch of SA Health Commission.
  2. How big should the hot zone be at a radiation incident?
    25 metre radius around substance.
  3. Can uninjured persons leave the scene of a radiation incident?
    • No one should leave the scene until it has been established that they have not been contaminated.
    • If someone must leave their identity is to be recorded for a later check.
  4. What information can be obtained about a radiation hazard other than standard for a hazardous material? 4 points.
    • Isotope number.
    • Activity.
    • Sealed source registration number.
    • Whether material is shielded.
  5. If radiation hazard is assessed as negligible, what action is to be taken? 3 points.
    • Isolate and secure area to a radius of ten metres.
    • Await arrival of Radiation Protection Branch.
    • If there is a fire normal firefighting procedures to apply.
  6. If radiation hazard is assessed as moderate, high or undetermined what action is to be taken?
    Firefighters not to enter the Hot Zone unless rescue is required.
  7. What type of radiation can SAMFS equipment detect?
    Gamma Radiation.
  8. If radioactive substances are involved in fire what considerations are there? 3 points.
    • Smoke, gas, ash and water may contain radioactive particles.
    • Don’t use excessive water or foam.
    • Extend perimeters of Hot and Cold zone downwind as necessary.
  9. What decontamination is required for radiation?
    As directed by the Radiation Protection Branch.
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SOP 2 Radioactive Substances