National arrangements for incidents involving radioactivity (NAIR)

NAIR provides assistance to the police and other emergency services where no radiation expert is otherwise available.

Radioactive materials are used for many purposes in industry, medicine and research and there are thousands of transport movements associated with these activities each year. NAIR was set up to protect the public from hazards arising from the use and transport of radioactive materials and in situations where no formal contingency plans exist. The Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards (CRCE) of Public Health England (PHE) co-ordinates the NAIR arrangements.

If you need assistance from the NAIR scheme, first contact the Communications Centre of the Civil Nuclear Constabulary on 0800 834153.

NAIR provides quick and widely available assistance to the police and other emergency services where no radiation expert is otherwise available. Assistance is provided in 2 stages and is drawn from hospitals, the nuclear industry and government departments.

Stage 1 assistance is normally provided by a radiation expert, who, with the aid of simple monitoring equipment, can tell whether a hazard exists and advise the police on appropriate action. If necessary, the police will be advised to obtain Stage 2 assistance.

Stage 2 assistance provides more sophisticated resources for handling the incident. It normally involves a small team of experts with readily available transport, monitoring and decontamination equipment and special clothing.

Training courses are provided by the PHE CRCE for staff nominated by organisations participating in NAIR.

For more information:

PHE CRCE Emergency Response Group

Published 13 April 2013