[ RadSafe ] UT Incident

Flanigan, Floyd Floyd.Flanigan at nmcco.com
Fri Oct 28 13:38:30 CDT 2005

If the Fire Officer was using his radio at the time of the dosimetry
alarm, it may have been the radio which caused the alarm. We use RADOS
dosimeters and they are very easily set off by keying a radio/walkie
talkie in close proximity.

Floyd W.Flannigan B.S.Nuc.H.P.

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Subject: [ RadSafe ] UT Incident

October 25, 2005 - UT building evacuated for more than 2 hours.  
Detector indicated that unsafe level of radiation was possible.  

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

About 200  students and faculty members were evacuated from the 
University of Texas'  Experimental Sciences building for more than 
two hours Monday night after a  campus officer's dosimeter, a device 
worn to detect radiation, went off and  triggered a response from the 
Austin Fire Department. 

At 6 p.m., the  officer had gone to the building because a student 
had reported a  plastic-smelling smoke. When the officer walked in, 
his dosimeter signaled  that there might be unsafe levels of 
radiation in the building. 

It  turned out that the levels of radiation in the building were not 
unsafe, UT  police spokeswoman Rhonda Weldon said. Dosimeters are 
very sensitive to  radiation, which is why the device was triggered. 

The smoke was caused  by plastic lab utensils that had been left in a 
warming oven.  

Students and faculty were allowed to return to the building about  
8:30 p.m.

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