Guide for safety management regarding staff living in an affected area in the event of a nuclear disaster

2016/05/20

In March 2015, the JRCS developed “Nuclear Disaster Guidelines for Preparedness, Response and Recovery” (Guidelines) for JRCS activities during a nuclear disaster. During the process of developing the Guidelines, “safety management for JRCS staff and their families who live in an affected area in the event of a nuclear disaster” was raised as one of the challenges which needed continued discussion and consideration. Therefore, this matter was then discussed at JRCS Meeting of Radiation Emergency Medical Care Advisors (comprising of physicians and radiological technologists from Japanese Red Cross hospitals designated as radiation emergency hospitals). The advisors discussed operations and considerations which need to be taken in the event of a nuclear disaster to secure the safety and security of JRCS staff and their families who live in an affected area and other JRCS staff who are dispatched from non-affected areas and continue their activities in the affected area.

Based on the outcome of the discussions, the JRCS developed a "Guide for safety management regarding staff living in an affected area in the event of a nuclear disaster" (Guide) (available only in Japanese) to be used by Director Generals of Japanese Red Cross facilities. The Guide clearly describes the safety management. A pocket-sized leaflet for JRCS staff titled "For protecting yourself and your family in the event of a nuclear disaster" (available only in Japanese) was also prepared to explain basic knowledge about radiation.

The copies of the Guide and leaflet will be distributed to the JRCS chapters and Japanese Red Cross facilities.