Undamaged packages are safe Contents of damaged packages may cause higher

Undamaged packages are safe contents of damaged

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Undamaged packages are safe. Contents of damaged packages may cause higher external radiation exposure, or both external and internal radiation exposure if contents are released. Type A packages (cartons, boxes, drums, articles, etc.) identified as “Type A” by marking on packages or by shipping papers contain non-life endangering amounts. Partial releases might be expected if “Type A” packages are damaged in moderately severe accidents. Type B packages, and the rarely occurring Type C packages, (large and small, usually metal) contain the most hazardous amounts. They can be identified by package markings or by shipping papers. Life threatening conditions may exist only if contents are released or package shielding fails. Because of design, evaluation and testing of packages, these conditions would be expected only for accidents of utmost severity. The rarely occurring "Special Arrangement" shipments may be of Type A, Type B or Type C packages. Package type will be marked on packages, and shipment details will be on shipping papers. Radioactive White-I labels indicate radiation levels outside single, isolated, undamaged packages are very low (less than 0.005 mSv/h (0.5 mrem/h)). Radioactive Yellow-II and Yellow-III labeled packages have higher radiation levels. The transport index (TI) on the label identifies the maximum radiation level in mrem/h one meter from a single, isolated, undamaged package. Some radioactive materials cannot be detected by commonly available instruments. Water from cargo fire control may cause pollution. FIRE OR EXPLOSION Some of these materials may burn, but most do not ignite readily. Radioactivity does not change flammability or other properties of materials. Type B packages are designed and evaluated to withstand total engulfment in flames at temperatures of 800 ° C (1475 ° F) for a period of 30 minutes. PUBLIC SAFETY CALL Emergency Response Telephone Number on Shipping Paper first. If Shipping Paper not available or no answer, refer to appropriate telephone number listed on the inside back cover. Priorities for rescue, life-saving, first aid, fire control and other hazards are higher than the priority for measuring radiation levels. Radiation Authority must be notified of accident conditions. Radiation Authority is usually responsible for decisions about radiological consequences and closure of emergencies. As an immediate precautionary measure, isolate spill or leak area for at least 25 meters (75 feet) in all directions. Stay upwind. Keep unauthorized personnel away. Detain or isolate uninjured persons or equipment suspected to be contaminated; delay decontamination and cleanup until instructions are received from Radiation Authority. PROTECTIVE CLOTHING Positive pressure self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and structural firefighters’ protective clothing will provide adequate protection against internal radiation exposure, but not external radiation exposure.
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