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Re: posting requirements
I am not able to cite anything which prohibits or discourages the use
of the radiation symbol for posting areas which do not contain
radioactive materials in order to deter vandalism or theft. However,
Each licensee shall, prior to removal or disposal of empty
uncontaminated containers to unrestricted areas, remove or
deface the radioactive material label or otherwise clearly
indicate that the container no longer contains radioactive
Misposting an area as a restricted area or non-radioactive items
as radioactive for the unrelated purpose of deterring theft or
vandalism is blatantly misleading and invites mistrust and
suspicion of one's safety program by both workers and members of
the public regardless of the regulator's position.
Additionally, if any of us as safety professionals actually knows
of such a practice and does not challenge the practice, we would
be derelict in our professional responsibilities as well as in
violation of our professional ethics.
I know I am preaching to the choir. Lets hope such anecdotes
remain few or go away altogether.
Boyd H. Rose, CM, IHIT
Radiation Protection Officer
General Dynamics Land Systems Division
The opinions expressed above are solely my own and do not under any
circumstance reflect those of my employer.
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Subject: posting requirements
Author: firstname.lastname@example.org at Internet/Unix
Date: 4/30/98 7:47 AM
I have heard anecdotally of the NRC citing licensees for misuse of the radiation
symbol; for example, posting an item or an area that does not contain
radioactive materials in order to deter vandalism or theft. However, I cannot
find anything in 10 CFR 20 that prohibits or discourages the use of the
radiation symbol for such purposes.
Does anyone know if the anecdotes I have heard are correct? If so, can you
point me to a citation, letter, reg guide, or anything else to back this up?
The opinions expressed above are well-reasoned and insightful. Needless to
say, they are not those of my employer. (with apologies to Michael Feldman)
Andrew Karam, MS, CHP (614) 292-1284 (phone)
The Ohio State University (614) 292-7002
Office of Radiation Safety "The mind is not
a vessel to
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fire to be
Columbus, OH 43212 lighted."