From April 2018 the advice, guidance and access to capability to recover from a CBRN and major hazmat incident is provided from Defra’s CBRN Emergencies team and the GDS branding ended.
We provide guidance to the responsible authorities on the decontamination of buildings, infrastructure and open environment exposed to CBRN materials.
We also plan and arrange for decontamination operations to be available to the responsible authorities should the need arise.
CBRN emergency contact
For a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN) or major HazMat incident call the duty officer on 0300 1000 316 (24/7availability).
When activating in an emergency, you will need to provide the following information:
- your name, organisation and contact details
- nature of incident
- location of incident
- support required
- if known, the locations of the Recovery Co-ordinating Group (RCG), the Science and Technical Advice Cell (STAC), and the Strategic Co-ordinating Group (SCG)
On request we will attend RCG, STAC and SCG.
If the above number is busy please call the Defra Duty Room on 0345 051 8486.
We have published a detailed guide for contracting authorities who need to find approved specialist providers for decontamination services in relation to a CBRN or major HazMat incidents.
Documents in current use include:
- Emergency preparedness – Cabinet Office
- Emergency Response and Recovery – Cabinet Office
- Protecting Against Terrorism– Cabinet Office, Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure and National security and intelligence
- Support for Recovery from Exceptional Emergencies – Department for Communities and Local Government
- The release of chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) substances or material: guidance for local authorities – Cabinet Office
Precautions to minimise effects of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear event on buildings and infrastructure - Department for Communities and Local Government
UK recovery handbook for radiation incidents (and associated publications)– Public Health England
- Nuclear emergency planning: consolidated guidance – Department of Energy and Climate Change
- Emergency responder interoperability: lexicon – Cabinet Office
Please note: Our preferred method of contact is via the CBRN Recovery email address. The general enquiry number +44 (0) 300 1000 315 will be decommissioned on 31st March 2019.
Telephone: +44 (0) 300 1000 315
Defra CBRN Emergencies Team