Anthrax Sampling and Decontamination: Technology Trade-Offs

Publication Type

Report

LBNL Report Number

LBNL-1519E

Abstract

The goal of this project was to answer the following questions concerning response to a future anthrax release (or suspected release) in a building:

  1. Based on past experience, what rules of thumb can be determined concerning: (a) the amount of sampling that may be needed to determine the extent of contamination within a given building; (b) what portions of a building should be sampled; (c) the cost per square foot to decontaminate a given type of building using a given method; (d) the time required to prepare for, and perform, decontamination; (e) the e ectiveness of a given decontamination method in a given type of building?
  2. Based on past experience, what resources will be spent on evaluating the extent of contamination, performing decontamination, and assessing the e ectiveness of the decontamination in a building of a given type and size?
  3. What are the trade-o s between cost, time, and e ectiveness for the various sampling plans, sampling methods, and decontamination methods that have been used in the past?

Year of Publication

2009

Institution

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

City

Berkeley

Report Number

LBNL-1519E