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Control measure
Avoid manipulation or damage to composite materials

Control measure knowledge

Because composite materials may be hidden and are difficult to identify, personnel could inadvertently cause damage to materials containing composite materials.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Develop operational tactics that minimise the risk of damage to composite materials
  • Provide operational crews with information, instruction and training in operational tactics developed to minimise risk of unnecessary damage and manipulation to composite materials

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Consider a tactical plan that minimises risk to casualties, fire crews and other agencies from vehicle or craft construction materials
  • Provide comprehensive safety briefing to crews operating in areas where there is a risk of inhalation, ingestion or injection from composite materials
  • Avoid manipulation and damage of composite materials, use spray to reduce airborne particles

  • Minimise the production of airborne particulates during extrication and provide respiratory protection