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France, 02 Aug 2013, INES: 2

Uncontrolled release of radioactive effluents into the public sewerage system

On 2nd August 2013, ASN was informed by the Haut-Lévêque hospital in Pessac that an abnormal level of radioactivity had been discovered in a wastewater drain pipe. Investigations showed that radioactive effluents from the vectorised internal radiotherapy rooms were being discharged directly into...
Reported by Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire (ASN) of France on 16 Feb 2015 Last update on 16 Feb 2015


France, 14 Oct 2014, INES: 2

A practitioner’s regulatory annual exposure dose limit was exceeded

On 14th October 2014, ASN was informed by Bordeaux CHU that the regulatory annual whole-body dose limit of 20 mSv was exceeded by an orthopaedic surgeon while using an interventional radiology device (image intensifier) in the operating theatre. The event came to light when the practitioner’s...
Reported by Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire (ASN) of France on 12 Feb 2015 Last update on 12 Feb 2015


Poland, 28 Jan 2015, INES: 2

Overexposure of a worker

On the 28th of January 2015, during an inspection of nuclear materials, a radiation worker accompanying the inspectors entered a hot cell containing a source of radiation. Worker remained inside the cell for about 1 minute. Worker’s personal dosimeter recorded an effective dose of 31 mSv which...
Reported by National Atomic Energy Agency of Poland on 09 Feb 2015 Last update on 09 Feb 2015


United States of America, 16 Jan 2015, INES: 2

Overexposure to Radiographer

While on location at a temporary jobsite, the licensee radiographer attempted to disconnect the guide tube from the radiography camera, without ensuring the source was in the shielded position. The licensee has confirmed a whole body dose of 64 mSv (6.4 rem) which exceeds the statutory dose limit...
Reported by Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) of United States of America on 23 Jan 2015 Last update on 23 Jan 2015


France, 18 Aug 2014, INES: 2

Interventional Radiology: exposure of a health professional in excess of the annual dose limit

On 18th August 2014, ASN was informed by the Val de Saône Polyclinic in Mâcon (Saône-et-Loire department) that a private-sector surgeon working in the operating block had exceeded the regulatory annual whole body dose limit of 20 mSv. The situation was discovered on reception of the results of...
Reported by Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire (ASN) of France on 09 Jan 2015 Last update on 09 Jan 2015


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