New Dutch national guidance for decontamination issued

Published:  24 August, 2017

The Dutch national Guidance for Decontamination describes how victims of chemical, biological and radioactive incidents should be decontaminated –either during a large-scale or small-scale incident.

The current guidance for small-scale chemical decontamination, version 1.0 has been active since June 2014 and was launched by the National Institute for Physical Safety (IFV) in The Netherlands. The new guidance has been expanded with biological and radioactive incidents and also caters for large-scale incidents.
The IFV created an expert commission with representatives from police, fire, ambulance and national care organisations as well as CBRN coordinators. Together, they created the new guidance for decontamination.
The old Guidance was reviewed and adapted, and the new document is aimed at fire service, police, ambulance and healthcare providers and offers guidelines and best practice for training and response. Its aim is for staff to respond in a nationally unified, safe and efficient manner, which enables them to treat victims in the most optimal way.
The Guidance for Decontamination is a ‘dynamic document’, which is evaluated periodically. You can find the 2017 version below
 

 

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