[ RadSafe ] Dosimetry Reports

Hans Wiegert hans.wiegert at sealedair.com
Tue Apr 17 19:12:19 CDT 2012


you are correct to the extend that the RSO/ARSO have to get the employee to
"voluntarily" disclose this information. We try to do this by
educating badgeholders  through our annual badgeholder training and asking
"general" questions about any abnormal reading. HR take the approach of the
three monkeys!



On Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 6:08 PM, Chris Alston <achris1999 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hans
> I see this scenario as a HIPPA problem only if your employee denies
> you the right to inform the dosimetry-service vendor of the
> circumstances of the exposure.  Then you would not be able to advise
> the vendor to adjust his/her records appropriately.  You would have to
> write a note to file, and maybe in your quarterly/annual reports,
> saying something to the effect that, while you were morally certain
> that the reported dose was spurious, you could not further document
> your claim.
> Please note, I don't see that one would have to go into great detail,
> either in one's on-site records, or in the documentation one offered
> the service vendor.  One could simply state that one had established,
> after interviews with the employee, and appropriate reviews of their
> work environment, that the recorded exposure, or some fraction of it,
> was not occupational in origin.  Of course, one would always cc the
> employee and his/her maanger.  But, again, these are questions on
> which the Offices of Risk Management, or corporate counsels, may have
> different takes, at different institutions.
> Cheers
> cja
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Hans Wiegert <hans.wiegert at sealedair.com>
> Date: Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 3:02 PM
> Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] Dosimetry Reports
> To: "The International Radiation Protection (Health Physics) Mailing
> List" <radsafe at health.phys.iit.edu>
> The bi-monthly OSL dosimetry reports are reviewed by the plant RSO/ARSO for
> any irregularities and kept on file. Each badgeholder  is made aware during
> the *annual refresher training* that they have the right at any time to see
> *their *exposure records. A copy is made and all other personnel data on
> the sheet is blanked out. Under NO circumstance would we post the exposure
> records of individuals for everyone to see!
> The problem we have with HIPAA is the difficulty when investigating
> abnormal dosimetry results since there are almost always the result of a
> medical procedure.  For example, I had a stress test some time ago with
> Tc-99m. Leaving the Cardiologist's office I was registering 18 mR/hr on my
> Fluke Biomedical 451P - or about 50 times of what we allow on our
> equipment!
> Best Regards,
> Hans
> Hans J. Wiegert
> Sr. Electrical Engineer - ECL Technology
> Regional Radiation Coordinator
> CRYOVAC, Sealed Air Corporation
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Hans J. Wiegert
Sr. Electrical Engineer - ECL Technology
Regional Radiation Coordinator
CRYOVAC, Sealed Air Corporation
100 Rogers Bridge Rd., Bldg. A
Duncan, SC 29334-0464
Tel: (864) 433-2641
Fax: (864) 433-3200

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