Responding to Hazardous Substances

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We are asking licence holders and security businesses to familiarise themselves with the available guidance on responding to hazardous substance incidents. This includes the REMOVE REMOVE REMOVE guidance issued by NaCTSO (The National Counter Terrorism Office).

Some of the REMOVE REMOVE REMOVE material is provided here, but we recommend that you visit the NaCTSO website as more material can be downloaded there.

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Remove Remove Remove Guidance

June 2018
8 pages / 1,194kb
This document gives simple steps on what to do if there is a hazardous substances incident, including an acid attack.
This guide is for security operatives guarding public spaces, events and venues. It is also useful reading for their managers.
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July 2018
1 page / 1,194kb
This poster gives a short summary of the Remove Remove Remove steps on what to do if there is a hazardous substances incident, including an acid attack.
This poster is for security operatives guarding public spaces, events and venues.dd>

Equipment for Responding to an Acid Attack

Employers and venue owners should be aware of their responsibility to conduct risk assessments associated with acid attacks and plan for how to respond to them subject to the Health and Safety Act 1974 as well as the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002. This includes supplying appropriate equipment for responding to an acid attack. We cannot recommend individual equipment items, but you may want to consider the following equipment which is carried in Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) vehicles for police officers to use.

  • 1 x high density recycled plastic box with seal - the MPS use this to hold their equipment safely in transit or in situ.
  • 2 x chemical resistant gloves - basic latex gloves will only provide a short (20-30 seconds) of protection against a corrosive substance. For longer term use, laboratory suppliers sell thicker, purpose-built gloves.
  • 2 x anti-fog, chemical-resistant goggles - these can also be sourced using websites that provide safety equipment for laboratories.
  • 1 x 5ltr water bottle - this is the minimum amount to be used on a victim, there is no maximum, and is enough for 10 minutes of constant dousing of water.
  • 2 x bottle shower caps to control the rate of water pouring from a bottle. These essentially turn a bottle of water into a shower and you can find these online under the title “bottle shower head".
  • 2 x good quality scissors capable of cutting through clothing - these are the sort of scissors you can find in larger first aids kits and being used by paramedics. They often go by names like tough cut scissors, tuff cut scissors or paramedic shears.
  • 4 x face shields recommended by the Health and Safety Executive - these can be purchased from reputable chemical suppliers.

The police, fire brigade and ambulance service will bring their own, more specialised equipment when they respond to an acid attack.