Pordecon™ Hazmat Decontamination Tank Systems

What is the risk of secondary contamination to rescuing personnel, transport vehicles or hospital emergency room departments?

The Concept of Secondary Contamination1

SUBSTANCES WITH SERIOUS POTENTIAL FOR SECONDARY CONTAMINATION

Note: Proper decontamination by adequately protected personnel must be carried out before the victim is treated by pre-hospital or emergency room department personnel.

Table 1: Substances with a High Risk of Secondary Contamination

Examples:

SUBSTANCES WITH LITTLE RISK FOR SECONDARY CONTAMINATION

Many of the substances listed in Table 2 are highly toxic. However, even if they persist in the victim’s clothing, skin, hair or personal belongings after removal from the hot zone, they are not likely to jeopardize health care workers or rescuers and are not likely to secondarily contaminate vehicles or the emergency department.

Note: On-scene decontamination, if indicated, is desirable especially clothing removal and victim wash, but not essential.

Table 2: Substances with a Low Risk of Secondary Contamination

Examples:

1. Revised February 1991 by the California EMS Authority

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