[ RadSafe ] DOT and dose calibrator source

Philip Simpson phils at umich.edu
Fri Jul 1 16:20:32 CDT 2011

Hi Gary,

You need a Certified Package and need to have the package certification on file.  Transport on public highways/byways requires a CDL even in a private vehicle. The shipper preparing the shipping paperwork also needs current DOT training in Hazmat shipping . The dose rate is low enough to not require vehicle placarding. The bottom line is that it is no different than shipping by a commercial carrier if the material is transported from its original licensed location.

Phil Simpson
University of Michigan
Ford Nuclear Reactor

I suspect you do not
On Jul 1, 2011, at 11:52 AM, garyi at trinityphysics.com wrote:

> Does anyone know what it would take to transport a 0.2 mCi Cs-137 dose calibrator source 
> from one licensee to another (both are authorized to possess/receive the source) via private 
> car over 10 miles in a metropolitan area?  I assume a leak test, a survey, a wipe test, and a 
> survey of the vehicle, all properly documented.  I also assume a standard radiopharmacy 
> package used for Tc-99m and labeled "Radioactive material, excepted package-limited 
> quantity of material, UN2910."  The dose rate outside the package is about 2x background.
> For Cs-137:
>   Activity limit for exempt consignment
>     2.7 e-7 Ci = 0.27 uCi, so its too much to be exempt 
>   DOT A2 quantity
>     16 Ci, so 1e-3 of that for solid normal form is 16 mCi and it can be shipped as limited 
> quantity (?)
> Are shipping papers required? Is special training for the driver required (ie, more than the 
> typical hazmat training received every 3 yrs by technologists)?  
> Any hints, tips, comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated.
> Gary Isenhower
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