[ RadSafe ] radiography incident -Unpardonable carelessness

William Lipton doctorbill34 at gmail.com
Sun Apr 1 20:58:36 CDT 2012

I've used the graphic video, "The Double Edged Sword," very effectively to
motivate X-ray diffraction users to follow safety procedures.  This shows a
case study of a user who screwed up.  It ends with one of his children
asking when his finger will grow back!

Bill Lipton
It's not about dose, it's about trust.
 On Apr 1, 2012 9:09 PM, "Dahlskog, Leif" <Leif.Dahlskog at health.wa.gov.au>

> Dear Parthasarathy
> I agree with you about pictures of burns etc.  In our jurisdiction we
> require the ind. rad. assistants (trainee) to undergo a basic radiation
> safety exam.  I used to administer the exam some years ago.  After the
> exam, I'd show the examinee a dummy pigtail (source holder) as this
> would hopefully be the only time they'd ever see one, but if they did in
> future they'd recognise what it was.  I would also show them some
> graphic pictures of burns caused by ind. rad. accidents.  If they choose
> to work in this industry they must recognise the potential for serious
> injury and death and their responsibilities to safety for colleagues and
> the public.  The IAEA accident reports are very useful for this.
> Particularly 'The Radiological Accident in Yanango' which can be found
> in acrobat pdf format on the IAEA website.
> The U.S.N.R.C. had a video titled "Taking Control: Safe Procedure for
> Industrial Radiography" which although used the wrong units ( :-} -
> that's a smiley - ie humour intented for those challenged on a Monday
> morning), was about the best I'd seen covering basic safety for
> industrial radiographers. It was in VHS-NTSC format. I had it converted
> to PAL format and with USNRC's permission, distributed copies to all the
> industrial radiography companies in our jurisdiction.  An update of the
> video with Bq and Sv in DVD format would be great but I am not aware if
> it is even available any longer.
> regards
> Leif Dahlskog
> Senior Health Physicist
> Radiation Health Branch
> Grace Vaughan House, 227 Stubbs Terrace, Shenton Park WA 6009
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