It is important to avoid handling the shipment as much as possible to minimise potential dissemination through the air. Thus, the following should be avoided:
It is essential to minimise movement and traffic in the room where the shipment is placed. Persons in the room should move around carefully and as little as possible.
Before leaving the room it should be attempted to collect as much information as possible about the shipment so this can be passed on in details. The following observations are particularly important:
If persons in the room are in possession of a camera, for example in a mobile phone, photos should be taken of the shipment and potentially visible powder. Photos are extremely useful for the subsequent investigation.
When leaving the room, the following steps should be taken in order to confine potential further harmful consequences:
Persons who have found and handled the shipment should carefully evacuate the room, and subsequently, only incident management personnel is allowed to enter the room.
Await assistance and wait in a neighboring room with a phone.
CBB conducts a scientific analysis of the incident and provides advice. The following assessments are provided: