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Control measure

Substance identification: Radioactive materials

Control measure knowledge

Radioactive materials can be identified in a number of ways:

  • UN hazard warning diamond
  • Site registration information and risk-based inspections
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Materials with the hazard radioactive will be assigned to UN hazard class 7.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Ensure there are means of recording known locations with radioactive materials

  • Provide the means for accessing specialist advice specific to radioactive materials

  • Provide systems for recognising and interpreting radioactive materials signage

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Use signs, labels, markings and container types to identify the presence of radioactive materials

  • Identify the location, physical state (solid, liquid, gas), type and quantity of the released radioactive material

  • Use detection equipment to identify and monitor levels of the radioactive materials involved

  • Obtain specialist advice from hazardous materials advisors (HMAs), scientific advisers, on-site specialists or other appropriate sources, for example, the National Arrangements for Incidents involving Radioactivity (NAIR) or Radsafe