[ RadSafe ] radiography incident -Unpardonable carelessness
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!
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.
> Leif Dahlskog
> Senior Health Physicist
> Radiation Health Branch
> Grace Vaughan House, 227 Stubbs Terrace, Shenton Park WA 6009
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