BAE Systems Stable Iodine Distribution

Construction of HMS Audacious at BAE Systems in Barrow is entering its final phase, during this period, testing of the submarine's nuclear reactor will take place.

Whilst the possibility of an incident occurring with the reactor is very low, there are a number of precautions that need to be in place before testing can commence.  One of these precautions is the issuing of Stable Iodine tablets to residents, businesses and schools within a designated area in Barrow.

If you are a business or school within the designated area and have received a letter from Cumbria County Council please use our online form to apply for your Stable Iodine Tablets. Residents living within the designated area will receive tablets through door to door issue by Cumbria Partnership Trust.

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If you experience difficulties in using the form please contact us:

emergency.planning@cumbria.gov.uk

Telephone: 01768 812500

Stable Iodine Distribution Frequently Asked Questions (138kb, pdf)

These tablets, if taken at the time of an incident, provide a degree of protection against the effects of certain types of radiation which could be released within the designated areas.

If there has been a release of radioactive iodine, the stable iodine tablets work by 'filling up' the thyroid gland with ordinary iodine to block the intake of the radioactive iodine. The tablets are very small and the easiest way to take them is with a drink. They are unlikely to produce side effects.

To ensure the timely taking of stable iodine tablets in the event of an emergency at BAE Systems the tablets are pre distributed at an area no less than 500m from the quay or dock.

Pre Distributed Stable Iodine Tablet Area (284kb, pdf)

In addition to sites in close proximity to the dock/quay tablets are also pre distributed to identified sensitive sites such as schools, care homes and childcare facilities throughout the Public Information Area.

Public Information Area (1 mb, pdf)

If you live or operate a business within the area outlined in the identified area (Pre Distributed Stable Iodine Tablet Area (284kb, pdf)) please see the information below.

If you are within the Public Information Area (Public Information Area (1 mb, pdf)), but not within the Pre Distributed Stable Iodine Tablet Area you will not receive stable iodine tablets unless you are operating a sensitive site. Please refer to your Public Information Booklet for further information.

The stable iodine tablets will be issued at events organised at The Forum, Barrow in Furness. You will receive a letter which will give you a reference number to access the online request form.

If you live in the identified area you will receive your tablets through door to door issue by Cumbria Partnership Trust.

The stable iodine tablets will be issued at events organised at The Forum, Barrow in Furness. You will receive a letter which will give you a reference number to access the Online Request Form.

For more information please email or call us on the number below:

emergency.planning@cumbria.gov.uk

Telephone: 01768 812500