Emergency Decontamination Operations Plan
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Emergency Decontamination Operations Plan

An accidental release of hazardous substances is one of the more common disaster-prone events hospitals and communities face. If the release results in injuries or contamination, the victims typically receive their initial evaluation and treatment from the closest hospital regardless of the institution’s level of preparedness.

The Emergency Decontamination Operations Plan is a comprehensive document that enhances your facility’s existing Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and incorporates the fundamental principles of all-hazards emergency management. This support annex for patient decontamination provides your facility policies for the following:

  • Proper recognition, notification and plan activation procedures
  • Staff safety, roles and responsibilities
  • Incident management
  • Decontamination area setup
  • Emergency decontamination procedures
  • Standard Operating Guidelines (SOG) for all decontamination procedures
  • Documentation form templates


The Emergency Decontamination Operations Plan utilizes a proprietary planning tool that focuses on:

  • Methods to recognize potentially contaminated persons
  • Procedures for safely directing the person out of the hospital to an isolated area for further evaluation
  • A process of notifying persons who are qualified to assess and manage contaminated persons
  • Plan for physical location of contaminated patient staging, decontamination, and Decon Team assembly
  • Personal protective equipment use and protocols
  • Decontamination procedures
  • Security Provisions
  • Post decontamination follow up procedures


The Emergency Decontamination Operations Plan addresses:

  • ICS for an Emergency Decontamination Operation
  • Decon Area Setup
  • Donning Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Doffing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Emergency Decontamination Operations Procedures
  • Decon Area Cleaning
  • HICS Jobs Actions Sheets
  • HICS Forms
  • And more!