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EPA On-Scene Coordinator (OSC) Response

CBRN Resources

CBRN Resources



CBRN-CMAT Website This site provides an OSC a brief synopsis of subject matter expertise and assets readily available to assist with a CBRN related response.

Ecotox Thresholds
The ECOTOX (ECOTOXicology) database provides single chemical toxicity information for aquatic and terrestrial life. ECOTOX is a useful tool for examining impacts of chemicals on the environment.

Emergency Response Guidebook
An online guide to aid first responders to quickly identify the specific or generic classification of the material(s) involved in the incident, and to protect themselves and the general public during this initial response phase of the incident.

National Elemental Mercury Response Guidebook
U.S. EPA Mercury Response Guidebook.

NIOSH Online Pocket Guide
The NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards (NPG) is intended as a source of general industrial hygiene information on several hundred chemicals/classes for workers, employers, and occupational health professionals.

Hazard Evaluation Handbook (A Guide to Removal Actions) - This book is the fourth edition of a guidebook for U.S. EPA project managers, inspectors, and others to help them view a project site from a multimedia perspective and to recognize potential emergency or removal conditions that may not be obvious.

ERT Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
Download SOPs for Laboratory Activities, Mobile Laboratory, Field Instrument and Analytical Methods, Laboratory Methods and Field Activities.



Compilation of Available Data on Building Decontamination Alternatives
This document presents an analysis of selected technologies that have been tested for their potential effectiveness in decontaminating a building that has been attacked using biological or chemical warfare agents, or using toxic industrial compounds.

CDC Bioterrorism
Information on terrorism and public health. Provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Center for International Security and Cooperation - (CISAC)
Degradation of Biological Weapons Agents in the Environment: Implications for Terrorism Response.

NIOSH: Terrorism Response
Terrorism Response Manuals and documents pertaining to Safeguarding Building Ventilation, Anthrax, Chemical Hazards and Bloodborne Infectious Disease.

World Health Organization - (WHO)
Providing timely and up-to-date news critical to responders.

Recognizing Bioterrorism-Related Illnesses
Rapid Response Card in PDF format that helps emergency responders Recognize Bioterrorism-Related Illnesses.

USAMRIID Reference Material
USAMRIID, an organization of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, is the lead medical research laboratory for the U.S. Biological Defense Research Program. The Institute plays a key role as the only laboratory in the Department of Defense (DoD) equipped to safely study highly hazardous infectious agents requiring maximum containment at biosafety level (BSL)-4.

BioWatch, a presidential initiative, is a system designed to detect the presence of biological agents that have been intentionally released into the air.

BioWatch Fact Sheet



OAR Intranet Website
The Office develops protection criteria, standards, and policies; works with other programs within EPA and other agencies to control radiation and indoor air pollution exposures; provides technical assistance to states through EPA's regional offices, and to other agencies having radiation and indoor air protection programs.  Only available on the Agency Intranet.

Manual of Protective Action Guides and Protective Actions For Nuclear Incidents.

Providing emergency managers with browser based access to NARAC.

RERT Website
In the event of a radiological emergency, EPA's Radiological Emergency Response Team (RERT) works with other federal agencies, state and local governments, and international organizations to monitor, contain, and clean up the release while protecting people and the environment from harmful exposure to radiation.



Nuclear Regulatory Commission
The NRC regulates commercial nuclear power plants and other uses of nuclear materials, such as in nuclear medicine, through licensing, inspection and enforcement of its requirements.

Nuclear Energy Institute
The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) is the policy organization of the nuclear energy and technologies industry and participates in both the national and global policy-making process.

Nuclear Science Library
The ABC's of Nuclear Science is a brief introduction to Nuclear Science. We look at Antimatter, Beta rays, Cosmic connection and much more. Visit here and learn about radioactivity - alpha, beta and gamma decay.

Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM)
Website provides extensive resources for characterization, guidance, dose management, and other radiation emergency topics.

Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD)
Resource for OSCs to contact the various State radiological program directors.

DOEs Deactivation and Decommissioning website
Information concerning general management and demolition involving DOEs contaminated facilities.