AW: [ RadSafe ] Eating and Drinking (UNCLASSIFIED)

radsafe at radsafe at
Fri Apr 6 20:36:31 CDT 2007


I might now again be politically uncorrect and therefore my mail might not
be forwarded to the list - but you will receive it anyway: 

What about "common sense"? Does it really need regulations to prohibit
eating and drinking in areas where open source radionuclides are used? What
about smoking? 

It should not be too difficult to solve this "no"-problem. 

Best regards,


Franz Schoenhofer, PhD
MinRat i.R.
Habicherg. 31/7
A-1160 Wien/Vienna

-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
Von: radsafe-bounces at [mailto:radsafe-bounces at] Im Auftrag
von BLHamrick at
Gesendet: Samstag, 07. April 2007 02:50
An: mborisky at; radsafe at
Cc: peggy.purcell at
Betreff: Re: [ RadSafe ] Eating and Drinking (UNCLASSIFIED)

With respect to the common prohibition on eating and drinking in a  
restricted area, it is not in regulation.
When someone applies for a license, they may use the published guidance  
documents (e.g., the NUREG 1556 series) to develop their application, which

generally have model procedures that prohibit eating and drinking in a
area.  If the applicant commits to following the approved  guidance, the 
application process is simplified.  Once approved, those  commitments made
in the 
application are tied into the License Conditions, and  may be cited, if 
violated.  This is the mechanisms for the enforcement  actions Sandy Perle
posted to 
the list.
I think someone else pointed out (and, I'm sorry, I didn't save that email)

that the eating and drinking "prohibition" may flow from the ALARA
 and that's a fair assumption.  There is no regulatory prohibition on eating

and drinking in a restricted area, but once you commit to follow the
 guidance, there might as well be.
Barbara L. Hamrick, CHP, JD
In a message dated 4/4/2007 9:58:14 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,  
mborisky at writes:

Can  someone point this sealed source and X-ray machine user to the  NRC
regulation or Reg Guide that prohibits eating or drinking in areas  with
unsealed rad materials.  Thanks!!!


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