The purpose of this document is to provide strategic guidance on the decontamination of people upon which all responding agencies can base plans and Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) for on-site management of CBRN incidents. It also provides advice on decontamination methods based on lessons learned from previous incidents and exercises and drawing on current research projects.
It is intended to provide all those involved in the decontamination of people exposed to CBRN substances or materials with a common set of principles, using common terminology, and with a shared and agreed understanding of each others’ roles and responsibilities.
A CBRN release may quickly spread across a number of administrative and geographical boundaries, including the boundaries of the devolved administrations within the United Kingdom. Reinforcement and regional mutual aid will feature as a key consideration. Clearly, commonality of procedures and inter-operability of equipment is critical to the successful delivery of mass decontamination. This guidance has been produced with contributions from the devolved administrations and is for use across the whole of the United Kingdom.
This is the Second edition issued by the Home Office: May 2004