Overexposure of a worker (nuclear medicine department of a hospital, hands exposure)

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Event Date: 31 January 2019 Event Type: Other
Event Location: France, Angers Hospital INES Rating: 2 (Final)

A worker in the nuclear medicine department of the Angers Hospital has received a dose of 723 mSv to the hands during the month of November 2018. Due to late transmission of dosimeters, it was known only in January 2019.
Investigation at the hospital could not identify the causes for the exposure.
ASN has carried out a reactive inspection, during which the causes could also not be found. However, ways of improvements were emphazised in the fields of contamination controls after handling of radiopharmaceutical preparations and records of this controls.
This worker will not be permitted to use any radionuclide within the next 12 months.

INES Rating: 2 - Incident (Final) as per 31 January 2019
Release beyond authorized limits? No
Overexposure of a member of the public? No
Overexposure of a worker? Yes

Contamination spread within the facility? No
Damage to radiological barriers (incl. fuel damage) within the facility? No

Degradation of Defence In-Depth No

Person injured physically or casualty? No
Is there a continuing problem? No

Julien Husse
Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire (ASN)

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