Emergencies involving radioactive materials can occur at the Idaho National Laboratory, during transportation, or at facilities that use radioactive material or conduct research such as hospitals, research facilities, technology companies, or engineering firms. To address these potential threats, the Idaho National Laboratory Oversight Program (INL OP) engages in emergency planning and response activities.
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Our INL OP staff gather data, assess potential health and environmental effects, and provide technical assistance to state and local agencies on how to respond to radiological emergencies.
We participate in trainings and exercises throughout Idaho to support responders in identifying, responding to, and minimizing impacts from emergency situations involving radioactive materials.
Our health physicists are on-call year-round to help local communities and the Idaho State Police respond to emergencies involving radioactive material. Health physicists assess potential radiological impacts to human health and the environment, provide information, and recommend protective actions to state and local agencies during their response to emergencies.