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Tuwaitha Nuclear Research Center

The Tuwaitha Nuclear Research Center (TNRC), where The following safety tips are provided to minimize your
you have been tasked to patrol and provide security, was exposures:
the center of Iraq’s nuclear research for the last several
decades. It contains buildings and facilities where sources • Do not enter buildings or areas that have been
of ionizing radiation could potentially deliver radiation marked with radiation caution signs or tape unless
exposure to individuals that exceed U.S. and International your mission dictates that entry is necessary.
radiation safety limits for the general public; however, • If you must enter an area or building that is
your mission can be accomplished safely with minimal marked as containing radioactive material or
radiation exposure, especially if you follow some simple contamination, perform required mission actions
precautions. as quickly as possible and then exit the area.
• Wash hands with soap and water as soon
Sources of radiation at TNRC are identified in the as possible after exiting an area marked as
following ways: containing radioactive material, or if you suspect
you have come in contact with radioactive
• “Radioactive” painted in red or material. Ensure that hands are washed prior to
black spray paint eating, drinking, smoking, or applying lip-balm
• A sign stating “Caution and face paint.
Radioactive Materials” • Note the location of any objects you suspect
(Figure A) (see Figure “A”) contain radioactive material or contamination.
• Yellow and purple (magenta) Do not pick up or attempt to move any suspected
striped marking tape with a source. Contact your unit’s Nuclear, Biological
trefoil marking (Figure B) and Chemical (NBC) officer who will take charge
• “Danger High Radiation Area, Do (see Figure “B”) and identify whether the suspected object is
Not Enter” painted in black spray radioactive and what exposures may have been
paint received.

The buildings containing radiation sources and the Summary

areas where radioactive contamination exists, which are
identified and clearly marked at TNRC, do not present an • Your mission at TNRC can be accomplished
immediate or long-term threat to an individual’s health and safely with minimal radiation exposure, especially
safety, provided these guidelines are followed. Safety tips if you follow the safety tips provided in this fact
provided in this fact sheet will assist you in minimizing your sheet.
exposure to radiation over the course of your mission at • If you find any suspect radioactive material or
TNRC. items, leave them alone and contact your NBC

Where can I get more information?

U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (AFRRI)
Medicine (USACHPPM)
Phone: 800-222-9698 For general information about ionizing radiation and public
health issues, see the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and
Program Manager for Environmental Medicine: Disease Registry (ATSDR), an agency of the U.S. Department
Phone: 410-436-2578 of Health and Human Services, website:

Program Manager for Health Physics: ATSDR Toxicological Profile for Ionizing Radiation and
Phone: 410-436-3502 Public Health Statement (September 1999)
DOD Health Affairs/Deployment Health
Support Directorate ATSDR Toxicological Profile for Uranium and
Public Health Statement (September 1999)
DOD Deployment Health Clinical Center

November 17,2003