|Title:||Protection Against Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (Cbrn) Agents|
|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0111/08|
|Date of issue:||Thursday, 3 April 2008|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|Description:||Provides guidelines for the protection of a hospital against contamination by a CBRN agent.|
|Category:||Disaster Preparedness and Management|
|Period of effect:||from 25 February 2008 to 25 February 2013|
|Authorised by:||A Robertson, DIRECTOR, DISASTER MANAGEMENT, REGULATION AND PLANNING, PUBLIC HEALTH, 02-Apr-2008|
|Print version:||View print version|
Protection Against Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (Cbrn) Agents
Chemical, biological and radiological agents are toxic substances that can harm people and other living organisms. Their release may be deliberate or accidental.
The majority of chemical, biological and radiological substances have been developed for peaceful industrial or medical purposes. Subsequently, there are safeguards in place to prevent their accidental or deliberate release. However, in the event a release occurs, this plan will articulate the health response.
Some specific substances have been developed for no other application than to kill or harm people. These are usually referred to as chemical, biological or radiological warfare agents. It is predominantly these substances that form weapons of mass destruction that could be used by nation states or non-state organisations, such as terrorists.
This circular last updated: Thursday, 3 April 2008 at 3:54pm