[ RadSafe ] Agreement States v. NRC (was: radiography incident)
Ted de Castro
tdc at xrayted.com
Mon Apr 2 14:31:48 CDT 2012
On 4/2/2012 11:10 AM, Clayton J Bradt wrote:
> The reason we see the same radiography incidents repeating themselves over
> and over again is to be found in the nature of the industry itself.
> Radiographers are generally not unionized and not paid all that much. Turn
> over can be fairly high. Many of the trainees speak English as a second
> language. The work sites where radiography is performed, like all heavy
> construction sites, tend to be dirty, uncomfortable, and dangerous places
> - even without the radiography source! The radiographers frequently work
> under considerable time pressure because the construction work has to stop
> while they set up their shots and make an exposure. Given all the factors
> working against safety it is remarkable how few of these over-exposure
> incidents occur.
All those conditions are all the more reason for robust hardware
controls as opposed to easily ignored or forgotten administrative
controls. Like I said before - what's being done now - administrative
controls to allow total operational freedom - just isn't working. Its
time to do something else.
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