Since depleted uranium (DU) first came to public attention, there has been a lot of interest in the potential hazards presented by DU contamination in post-conflict environments. Some material online and in the media about the possible risks to health from DU has been speculative and not supported by the existing scientific knowledge of the real health hazards posed by DU.
This Technical Note has been written, as an advisory document, to remind mine action managers and field staff of all the potential hazards of DU, and to provide guidance on the establishment of safe operating environments and procedures. This updated version includes more information on the different rounds which contain DU as well as drawing on work by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) undertaken since the technical note was originally published in 2002
The DU clearance tasks should only be undertaken by appropriately qualified EOD personnel or other qualified staff; they are not a task for basic deminers or other field staff.
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