1-5. Safety, Care, and Handling - Continued
First Aid. Prior to performing any work requirements, the personnel should be familiar with the first aid information
contained in FM 21-11 (TEST).
(1) Rules and Regulations. Copies of the following rules and regulations maintained at HQ, AMCCOM, Rock Island, IL
61-6000. Copies may be requested or information obtained by contacting the AMCCOM radiological Protection
Officer (RPO), AUTOVON 793-2964/2965, Commercial (309) 782-2964/2965.
10CFR Part 19 - Notices, Instructions and Reports to Workers; Inspections.
10CFR Part 20 - Standards for Protection Against Radiation.
10CFR Part 21 - Reporting of Defects and Noncompliance.
NRC license, license conditions, and license application.
(2) Safety Precautions. The radioactive material used in fire control instruments is tritium gas (H3) sealed in Pyrex tubes.
It poses no significant hazard to the repairer when intact. These sources illuminate the instrumentation for night
operations. Tampering with of removal of the sources in the field is prohibited by Federal Law. in the event there is
not illumination, notify the local Radiological Protection Officer. Do not attempt to repair or replace the instrument in
the field. If skin contact is made with any area contaminated with tritium, wash immediately with nonabrasive soap
(3) Identification. Radioactive self-luminous sources are identified by means of radioactive warning labels (as
above).These labels should not be defaced or removed and should be replaced immediately when necessary. Refer
to the local RPO or the AMCCOM RPO for instructions on handling, storage, or disposal.
(4) Storage and Shipping. All radioactively illuminated instruments or modules which are defective will be evacuated to a
depot maintenance activity. These items must be placed in a plastic bag and packaged in the shipping container from
which the replacement was taken before evacuation to a higher echelon is made. Spare equipment must be stored in
the shipping container as received until installed on the weapon. Storage of these items is recommended to be in an
outdoor shed type storage or unoccupied building.
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