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Control measure

Hygiene: Hazardous materials

Control measure knowledge

Because of the much greater risk of personnel encountering dangerous substances at hazardous materials incidents, normal hygiene and welfare procedures should be enhanced. The primary objective is to prevent accidental ingestion of hazardous materials. Any designated hygiene area should: 

  • Have hygiene procedures that are monitored by supervisory personnel to ensure effective hand washing, etc.
  • Be free from contamination and the risk of cross-contamination
  • Be provided with copious supplies of drinking water
  • Have supervisory personnel to monitor the recovery of wearers who have carried out hard work in chemical protective clothing (CPC)

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Ensure personnel have access to effective washing facilities at HazMat incidents

  • Ensure personnel have access clean rest areas where they can rehydrate free from the risk of cross contamination

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Enforce hygiene measures and ensure personnel don't eat, drink, smoke or vape except in appropriate areas