Immediate decontamination – Decontamination carried out by individuals upon becoming contaminated, to save lives and minimize casualties.
Operational decontamination – Decontamination carried out by an individual and/or a unit, restricted to specific parts of operationally essential equipment, material and/or working areas, in order to minimize contact and transfer hazards and to sustain operations.
Thorough decontamination – Decontamination carried out by a unit, with or without external support, to reduce contamination on personnel, equipment, material and/ or working areas to the lowest possible levels, to permit the partial or total removal of individual protective equipment and to maintain operations with minimum degradation.
Clearance decontamination – Decontamination of equipment and/or personnel on temporary or permanent removal from an operation to a standard sufficient to allow unrestricted transportation, maintenance, employment and disposal.
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