Society News Archive

7 October 2012
New Report No. 173 - Investigation of Radiological Incidents

The purpose of National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) Report No. 173, Investigation of Radiological Incidents, is to provide guidance for investigating radiological incidents that can occur wherever radioactive materials are handled, stored, used, or transported or where radiation-generating equipment is operated. Radiological incidents have the potential to adversely impact the health and safety of workers or members of the public, the environment, operations, and compliance with regulations.

Report No. 173 provides guidance and practical information for individuals who have the responsibility of performing or overseeing investigations to include a scaled approach such that the extent and rigor of the investigation can be tailored to the severity and complexity of the incident. Guidance is provided on appointing individuals to an incident investigation team, including recommendations for the training and qualifications of investigators and the use of consultants and specialists in conducting the investigation.

The report will be useful to all safety personnel, managers who are responsible for operations that involve radiation, and those asked to perform an investigation of a radiological incident.

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