On Pages 50-51 in PS 750 (May 15), we explained how to make your own safety board and gave you an NSN for ordering a ready-made safety board.
NSN 4910-01-618-4321 brings all the required safety items, but now costs around $3,800. And the Army isn’t listed as a user in FED LOG.
There is a cheaper Army alternative: NSN 4910-01-620-2614. It runs around $2,270 and comes with:
o Ground stick
o Safety hook
o Grounding cable
o Hearing protection
o Safety goggles
o First aid kit
o D batteries
o Sash cord rope
o Insulated gloves
o Material to build the safety board
Other items you might want to consider around or on the safety board are a resuscitator, a portable defibrillator and hazard signs.
Remember, don’t stack things in front of the board and do put it in a central location. If Soldiers can’t get to it quickly, it won’t be of much help. Inspect the board every month to make sure all items are on-hand and in good shape.
And make safety training SOP. Everyone working in the area should know each piece of equipment on the safety board and how to use it.
The optically stimulated luminescence dosimeter (OSLD) won’t do much of a job measuring radiation if you don’t remember these do’s and don’ts:
Always store OSLDs away from any equipment with radioactive sources. This is so critical that the location must be approved by your radiation safety officer in writing. The OSLDs can pick up other equipment’s radiation, which throws off the OSLD’s readings.
Make sure Soldiers don’t take OSLDs with them when the mission ends. OSLDs should be turned in and stored in the approved location if they’re to remain accurate.
Make one OSLD badge a control badge that never leaves the storage area. The control badge will be used as a measure of radiation in a normal environment.
When shipping OSLDs to TMDE, make sure the box is marked DO NOT X-RAY. If the box is x-rayed, there goes the OSLDs’ accuracy.
All of this also applies to the DT-236A wristwatch dosimeter. If your unit uses the DT-236A, follow the same precautions.