Development of an Emergency Procedures Manual Database (REPMD)
J J. La Rosa, P Motabar, Kenneth G. Inn, H Ziegler
A Radioanalytical Emergency Procedures Manual Database (REPMD) is currently under development at NIST. Its main objective is to act as a valuable reference and guide summarizing information available from many sources. It will provide quick access to methods and procedures for sampling, screening and radioanalytical measurements. Parameters such as specific radionuclides, matrices, screening methods, and analytical procedures will be available for review at a glance . The analytical procedures will be further categorized according to time needed for a determination, level of expected uncertainty in the result, interferences, limit of detection, and whether it has been validated or still in a trial stage. REPMD is envisioned to have a large group of contributors, critical reviewers and an editorial board with ongoing additions and revisions.The intended audience of this REPMD will be those preparing for response capabilities. The circumstances under which it would be used will depend on the type of emergency and extent of radioactive contamination. Screening of a large number of samples requiring many scientific personnel/laboratories with only limited experience would almost certainly need the assistance and guidance offered by the REPMD. Even experienced laboratories may have to adopt less familiar emergency procedures available in a REPMD as demanded by an emergency coordinating authority. A unified methodology would provide a more harmonious response to dealing with a serious radioactive contamination event than an attempt to patch together procedures from individual organizations and institutions.