IAEA guidelines for first response during the crucial hours following a nuclear event
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This manual was developed in cooperation with CTIF in 2006 and much of it still applies. On the link below, this manual, and also newer manuals from 2021, can be downloaded for free from IAEA.org.
Please also see link below to IAEA.org for newer manuals on the topic of radiological response.
The aim of this manual is to provide practical guidance for those who will respond during the first few hours to a radiological emergency (referred to here as ‘first responders’) and for national officials who would support this early response.
It provides guidance in the form of action guides, instructions, and supporting data that can be easily applied by a State to build a basic capability to respond to a radiological emergency.
This guidance should be adapted to fit the user State’s organizational arrangements, language, terminology, concept of operation and capabilities.
This report, published as part of the IAEA Emergency Preparedness and Response Series, replaces and builds on IAEA-TECDOC-1162 in the area of early response and first responders' actions. It takes account of the lessons learned from using IAEA-TECDOC-1162, previous emergencies and research, while ensuring consistency with the IAEA Safety Standards Series No. GS-R-2.
The publication is cosponsored by the Comité technique international de prévention et d’extinction du feu (CTIF), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
The IAEA officers responsible for this publication were E. Buglova and T. McKenna of the Department of Nuclear Safety and Security.