UKHSA updates its Information on protecting yourself from radiation, including how to remove radioactive contamination from yourself.

Please be advised that on 30 November 2023, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) updated their radiation protection guidance for what to do in a radiation emergency. This work updates existing published guidance:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nuclear-emergencies-information-for-the-public/nuclear-emergencies-information-for-the-public

This is a routine update of long-standing advice to fulfil UKHSA’s remit of being prepared for all hazards. This is practical guidance for the public and professionals and reflective of the latest science and evidence. The core advice remains the same and is universal worldwide, to ‘Go in, Stay in and Tune in’ as it has been for many years. 

Based on learnings from developing COVID guidance, UKHSA have added more scientific explanations for how radiation affects the body and why these actions reduce potential health risks, providing the public with the rationale for the benefits of taking action.

 There is a lot of information available on the website, including what to do in an emergency (Easy Read available) and how to remove radioactive material from your skin and clothes.

For more information, please visit the UKHSA website.

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