at 0.2 mrem/hr or more at a distance of 2.5 centimeters
(about one inch).
(2) Place clothing in a container. Seal and label
the container as radioactive waste. A garbage can with
attached lid, and a plastic bag that has been sealed shut
with tape are both considered to be sealed containers.
f. Rags. Place all clean-up rags in sealable
g. Disposing of radioactive waste. Comply with
AR 385-11 when disposing radioactive waste.
RADIATION. The following actions shall be taken should
an individual receive a dose of ionizing radiation from the
tester which exceeds 1.25 rem per calendar quarter, or
an accumulated dose in excess of 5 rem per calendar
year. Refer to Para 5-30, AR 40-5, for procedures for
personnel exposed to excessive radiation.
a. The individual shall immediately seek advice
from the medical officer, and then notify the unit
commander of the overexposure.
b. The unit commander shall remove the
individual from duties involving occupation exposure to
radiation until subsequent exposure limitations are
established by proper medical authority (AR 40-14).
c. The unit commander, with assistance from the
LRPO, shall prepare and submit a written report of
circumstances leading to the overexposure. The report
shall include the following.
(1) Serial number of the tester that caused the
(2) Action taken to prevent recurrence of
d. Overexposure reports shall be forwarded,
TACOM, ATTN: AMSTA-CZ.
4-34. DECONTAMINATION OF EQUIPMENT AND
a. If the radioactive source is determined to be
leaking or broken open, it may contaminate surroundings
requiring decontamination efforts. Make sure not to
spread the contaminant during the decontamination
(1) Ensure that contamination has not spread by
monitoring the area of contamination with survey
instrumentation while wearing protective clothing and
(2) During the decontaminating process, always
work from the areas of least contamination toward the
areas of greatest contamination.
decontaminating solutions. Remain alert to the fact that
b. Accomplish decontaminating methods in the
following order of priority.
(1) Damp mopping. Wipe the contaminated area
with a damp rag or a damp mop. Keep changing the
wiping surface of the rag or mop to minimize spreading
(2) Water and detergent. Wet the contaminated
area with a rag or mop which has been dampened with a
minimum amount of detergent solution. Then, wipe the
area dry with absorbent gauze or cloth.
Before proceeding to the next decontamination level,
contact the Commander, TACOM. ATTN: AMSTA-CZ for
guidance concerning respiratory protection. Failure to
wear respiratory protection may result in overexposure to
(3) Steam cleaning.
(4) Cleaning with solvents other than water.
(5) Surface removal by use of chemicals,
abrasives, sand blasting and grinding.