[50 Test Answers] FEMA IS-302: Modular Emergency Response Transportation Training

Here are the FEMA test answers to IS-302: Modular Emergency Radiological Response Transportation Training.

Overview: FEMA IS-302 course is a series of modules that can serve as a refresher training course for those students already proficient in radiological response.

FEMA IS-302 includes the following topics: radiological basics, biological effects, hazard recognition (markings, labels, and placards), initial response actions, radioactive material shipping packages, on-scene patient handling, radiological terminology and units, assessing package integrity, radiation detection instrumentation, and radiological decontamination.

FEMA IS-302 test answers

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1. A sealed radioactive source used in radiography operations would be an example of a special form radioactive material.
A. True.
B. False.

2. While surveying with a contamination monitor, you hear an increase in the count rate. What should you do? 
A. Finish the survey with audible turned off to avoid distraction.
B. Pause for 5-10 seconds over the area to provide adequate time for instrument response.
C. Stop surveying, cover the area, leave, and wait for State Radiological Control Personnel to advise.
D. Turn the contamination monitor up to the next scale and continue the survey.

3. To avoid the need for decontamination of critical hand-held equipment, a common practice is to place equipment in clear poly bags and then remove and dispose of the bag on exit from the contaminated area.
A. True.
B. False.

4. If a radiation survey instrument is available, the transport index is a good initial indicator for determining whether or not damage has occurred to the package.
A. True.
B. False.

5. When dealing with radioactive material, the correct response guide in the Emergency Response Guidebook can be identified by using which of the following:
A. UN Identification number.
B. Proper shipping name.
C. Shipment placards.
D. All of the above.

6. It is not necessary to use the wet decon method to decontaminate everyone exiting the hot zone at a radioactive material transportation incident. Removing the outer layer of PPE or clothing will often eliminate the contamination. A contamination survey will determine if further decontamination is necessary.
A. True.
B. False.

7. The potential health effects from exposure to radiation depend on how much radiation you receive and how fast you receive the dose.
A. True.
B. False.

8. What is the Transport Index (TI)? 
A. The hazard class for the type of material being transported inside the package.
B. An index that can be used to identify transport companies.
C. An index that can be used to identify hazardous materials.
D. The maximum radiation level in mrem per hour 1 meter away from the package.

9. A patient who has only been exposed to radiation from an external source should be handled as follows:
A. Left at the scene until qualified persons arrive to decontaminate.
B. Thoroughly decontaminated and wrapped in sterile blankets prior to transport.
C. Made comfortable and provided with last rites while next of kin is notified.
D. No differently than a person who may have received radiation therapy or a person who has received a diagnostic X-ray.

10. The four basic types of ionizing radiation are:
A. Microwaves, gamma rays, radar waves, and X-rays.
B. Alpha particles, beta particles, gamma rays, and neutron particles.
C. Alpha particles, gamma rays, microwaves, and X-rays.
D. Neutron particles, gamma rays, radar waves, alpha particles.

11. What is radioactive contamination?
A. Any material that gives off radiation.
B. Any material that contains radioactive (unstable) atoms.
C. Radioactive material in an unwanted or uncontrolled location.
D. Radiation in an unwanted location.

12. The standard placard for radioactive material is yellow on top and white on bottom with black lettering and a black radiation symbol in the yellow portion.
A. True.
B. False.

13. When approaching the incident scene, the survey instrument should be set on the ______ scale.
A. Highest.
B. Lowest.
C. x 10.
D. x 100.

14. Type B packages must withstand a series of tests that simulate severe or ‘worst case’ accident conditions.
A. True.
B. False.

15. Most radioactive material shipments involve small quantities of radioactive material that have been packaged in Industrial or Type A packages. These containers pose minimal risk to the First Responder.
A. True.
B. False.

16. Response personnel could potentially become contaminated with radioactive material by: 
A. Not touching unprotected skin areas.
B. Sleeving or wrapping equipment prior to entry into the hot zone.
C. Changing gloves after handling contaminated equipment or victims.
D. Eating, drinking, or smoking in the hot zone.

17. The object behind a radiation exposure rate survey is to identify sources of radiation and determine general radiation fields. This will be useful for establishing hot zone boundaries. 
A. True.
B. False.

18. Dosimetry devices such as the Self-Reading Dosimeter (SRD) or Electronic Dosimeters can provide Responders with information concerning their total accumulated dose.
A. True.
B. False.

19. Under normal transport conditions, the maximum radiation level at any point on the outer surfaces or outer plane of a transport vehicle should not exceed 200 mrem/hour. 
A. True.
B. False.

20. Inhalation, ingestion, injection, and absorption are all methods by which: 
A. Radiation enters the body.
B. Radioactive material enters the body.
C. The body removes poisons.
D. Somatic effects are identified.

21. Contamination survey instruments are very sensitive and typically report results in counts per minute (CPM). 
A. True.
B. False.

22. Federal packaging and labeling regulations regarding radioactive material are such that the probability of an emergency responder receiving an ACUTE dose of radiation during response to a transportation incident is extremely: 
A. Likely.
B. Low.
C. Probable.
D. High.

23. For a Radioactive Yellow-II label, what is the maximum radiation level (in mrem/hour) on contact with the package?
A. 10
B. 50
C. 0.5
D. 200

24. Exposure rate survey instruments typically measure in mrem/hour or rem/hour.
A. True.
B. False.

25. Some commonly transported sources of radioactive material are:
A. Radiopharmaceuticals and smoke detectors.
B. X-rays and visible light.
C. Radio waves and medical procedures.
D. Asbestos and chlorine.

26. Which of the following would NOT be found, as a package marking, on a radioactive material package?
A. Orientation arrows.
B. ‘Type A’ or ‘Type B.’
C. UN identification number.
D. Contamination levels.

27. Radiation is ________; contamination is __________. 
A. energy; material.
B. material; energy.
C. medicine; material.
D. atom; energy.

28. The preferred method for personnel decontamination (skin and/or other body surfaces) involves the use of: 
A. Mild soap and lukewarm water.
B. A soft brush and hot water.
C. Mild soap and hot water.
D. Abrasive cleaners and lukewarm water.

29. Radioactive material is defined as: 
A. Any material that has been exposed to gamma radiation.
B. Material found readily in nature.
C. Any material that spontaneously emits ionizing radiation.
D. Energy in the form of particles or waves given off by unstable atoms.

30. Which instrument type would be most beneficial to the responder when entering a field of radiation?
A. An exposure rate survey instrument.
B. A Thermo detector.
C. A contamination survey instrument.
D. An oxygen concentration meter.

31. Contamination survey instruments commonly read out in mrem/hour or rem/hour.
A. True.
B. False.

32. Which of the package labels below would indicate the lowest external radiation hazard? 
A. Radioactive Yellow-II.
B. Radioactive White-I.
C. Radioactive Yellow-III.

33. Not all radioactive material packages require package markings.
A. True.
B. False.

34. A small dose of radiation received over a long period of time is called: 
A. A somatic radiation dose.
B. A prompt radiation dose.
C. A chronic radiation dose.
D. An acute radiation dose.

35. The Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) states that ‘medical problems take priority over radiological concerns.’
A. False.
B. True.

36. Many commonly shipped radioactive materials have very short half-lives. Rather than decontaminating items that may become contaminated with these materials, the items can be sealed in a bag and allowed to decay to a stable or non-radioactive state.
A. True.
B. False.

37. When handling a potentially contaminated patient, which method below should be used to limit the spread of contamination?
A. Held inside the hot zone until the radiation authority can arrive.
B. Decontaminate patients by removing all of their outer clothing (gross decon).
C. Patient should be wrapped in plastic, labeled as radioactive material, and left at the scene.
D. Induce vomiting just in case the patient got contamination in their mouth.

38. The doses we receive every day from natural background radiation and the doses received by people who work in nuclear and medical facilities are examples of: 
A. Chronic radiation doses.
B. Heritable radiation doses.
C. A large radiation dose.
D. Stochastic radiation doses.

39. A Radioactive White-I label indicates that extremely _______ levels of external radiation can be expected. 
A. Risky.
B. Low.
C. High.
D. Damaging.

40. Ionizing radiation is defined as: 
A. Energy that will destroy atoms.
B. Radiation that has enough energy to remove electrons from atoms.
C. Any type of energy.
D. Unstable atoms in an unwanted place.

41. An acute dose of radiation refers to: 
A. A large amount of radiation dose over a long period of time.
B. A large amount of radiation dose received in a short period of time.
C. A small amount of radiation dose received in a short period of time.
D. A small amount of radiation dose over a long period of time.

42. A person who is exposed to radiation will become contaminated. 
A. True.
B. False.

43. Which of the package types below is designed to transport material with the lowest levels of radioactivity? 
A. Excepted packaging.
B. Type B packaging.
C. Type A packaging.
D. Intense packaging.

44. Fissile Material is a material whose atoms are capable of nuclear fission (capable of being split).
A. True.
B. False.

45. A good way to assess whether or not a package is externally contaminated is to:
A. Touch the package and see if it is warm.
B. Take a wipe or smear sample on the exterior of the package.
C. Perform a detailed radiation survey on the exterior of the package.
D. Take a direct reading on the exterior of the package with a contamination survey instrument.

46. While working in the Hot Zone area you are using an SRD to track your dose. When you read your SRD, a higher than expected reading is indicated. What should you do?
A. Notify co-workers, have everyone in the area check their dosimeters, and exit the area immediately.
B. Warn everyone to leave the area and decontaminate immediately.
C. Notify the Incident Commander of the situation and continue working.
D. Perform a thorough radiation survey while your co-workers continue their tasks.

47. The ‘rem’ is a unit used to measure:
A. Radiation exposure.
B. The number of nuclear decays that occur during a specific time.
C. Radioactive contamination.
D. Rapid energy movement.

48. Type A packages contain potentially life-endangering amounts or radioactive material.
A. True.
B. False.

49. The curie (Ci), and becquerel (Bq), are units used to measure:
A. A package’s Transport Index.
B. Radiation dose rate.
C. Activity level.
D. Nuclear fission probability.

50. The Number ‘7’ on the standard placard for radioactive material denotes:
A. The number for hazard severity.
B. The DOT hazard classification for radioactive material.
C. 7 times normal background radiation.
D. The pH of the enclosed material.

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