[ RadSafe ] Radiography SNAFU

Steven Dapra sjd at swcp.com
Sun Jan 22 13:59:58 CST 2012

Jan. 22

         I understood the original perfectly.

         I made the error of saying "inspector" when I should have 
said "instructor."  My error was pointed out a few days ago, and I 
have acknowledged it and made the correction.

Steven Dapra

At 06:56 AM 1/19/2012, you wrote:
>You misunderstood the original posting. A radiography instructor is 
>not an inspector. An instructor is an experienced radiographer who 
>has been approved by his company to train new radiographers. He or 
>she works for the private radiography company and has no regulatory 
>authority. An inspector, on the other hand, works for the state or 
>NRC. In this case, there were no inspectors present.
>Ed Stroud, Compliance Lead
>Radioactive Materials Unit
>Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
>-----Original Message-----
>From: radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu 
>[mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of Steven Dapra
>Sent: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 7:26 PM
>To: The International Radiation Protection (Health Physics) Mailing List
>Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] Radiography SNAFU
>Jan. 18
>          The father had no business offering to take the camera to
>the office.  The instructor (an *instructor*, mind you), had no
>business allowing him to take it --- radiography truck or no
>radiography truck.
>          The problem is not "the lack of trained inspectors."  In
>this case, the problem is one of an inspector not using his
>brain.  The lurid fantasy about "anti-government sentiments" is
>false, nonsensical, and self-serving.  I am probably more
>anti-government than ninety percent of the participants in this list,
>and I am saying the inspector who allowed this was not using his brain.
>          Plus, since the son was arrested for drunk driving, didn't
>this inspector smell booze on the son's breath?  Didn't he notice
>anything unusual about the son's behavior?  The father was suspected
>of being under the influence.  Didn't the inspector notice anything
>about his breath or behavior?
>          In the final analysis most things in life rest upon one's
>personal moral character.  I think Bill Lipton obliquely acknowledged
>this when he wrote, "Sure, the regulations are there, but they are
>ineffective in the hands of radiographers such as these."
>Steven Dapra
>(Yes, I know --- I'm laying it on a little thick aren't I?)
>At 10:53 AM 1/18/2012, you wrote:
> >Bill,
> >The problem, as I see it, is not with inadequate regulations. The
> >problem is the lack of trained inspectors in the field. And, with
> >the down-sizing of many regulatory programs due to the recession and
> >anti-government sentiments, the problem will only get worse. I
> >expect we'll just have to wait for more serious incidents and
> >accidents to happen before the public gets concerned enough to raise
> >the issue to their elected representatives.
> >
> >Ed Stroud, Compliance Lead
> >Radioactive Materials Unit
> >Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment


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