[ RadSafe ] DOT and dose calibrator source

ZIC Joe -PICKERING joe.zic at opg.com
Wed Jul 6 13:02:55 CDT 2011


As I am a Health Physicist you are preaching to the choir and I agree with you, but personal automobile insurance policies don't always line up with local or international regulations regarding the transportation of radioactive material.  For instance, when you set up your personal auto insurance for your personal car, did you tell them that your vehicle is for personal use or for business?

I just wanted to point out the possible risk from the insurance end of it.


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From: radsafe-bounces at agni.phys.iit.edu [mailto:radsafe-bounces at agni.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of Dan W McCarn
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Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] DOT and dose calibrator source

Dear Josip:

I've run into this before, and the answer that you provided regarding the definition of "Radioactive Material" makes me worry a bit since all international and US regulations are identical. These are defined in IAEA Publication 1225 - TS-R-1, IATA and US DOT 49 CFR 173.403 regulations.

49CFR173.403: "Radioactive material means any material containing radionuclides where BOTH the activity concentration AND the total activity in the consignment EXCEED the values specified in the table in §173.436 or values derived according to the instructions in §173.433."

My Declaration of Exempt Consignment is attached.

Dan ii

Dan W McCarn, Geologist
108 Sherwood Blvd
Los Alamos, NM 87544-3425
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Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] DOT and dose calibrator source


This is a crucial point.  I would bet that most peoples personal liability insurance does not cover the transport of hazmat.  On the other hand, if you were carrying RAM as an agent of your company, likely the company's insurance would cover you; clearly, you would want to check with your risk management people, before setting out.

There is also an issue of general licensure.  The NRC's general license is only to common carriers.  In the State of Washington, in contrast, the general license is issued to both common and private carriers.




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From: ZIC Joe -PICKERING <joe.zic at opg.com>
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Sent: Tue, Jul 5, 2011 6:55 pm
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] DOT and dose calibrator source


I don't know what kind of personal auto Insurance you have in the states, but in the fine print of some policies in Canada, they do not cover the transportation of radioactive material (with the definition of radioactive material very open to interpretation by insurance lawyers).  In the case that you were to get into an accident, and it was discovered that you were transporting radioactive material, you may be liable.

At our station, we use either our internal shipping department or approved couriers for all radioactive shipments, as they have all the legalities worked out.
It's a low probability, but thought I would warn you nonetheless... 

Josip Zic   M.Sc, CHP
Health Physicist, Pickering A
Radiation Protection Department, ALARA Section Ontario Power Generation

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