I-125 BSA spill...help needed

TOBY CANNON kdag7872 at mail3.kcl.ac.uk
Tue May 6 05:10:40 EST 1997


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In Britain THERE IS NOT A CHAIN OF COMMAND IN RADIATION SAFETY.

Every member of the lab is directly and inescapably responsible for their
own safety and for the safety of ALL OTHER PEOPLE IN THE LAB. The
radiation protection staff are around to co-ordinate this. They MUST be
informed of all spills. In fact they MUST be informed of the fate of every
microcurie that passes through the lab. 

This may be the case in the country where this spill occurs and if not
perhaps itshould be. Because of this system, the student and supervisor are of
 equal rank AND RESPONSIBILITY in this area of their work. The supervisor
has no right to filter information flow to the radiation officer. In
addition, if the student tells his supervisor and not the raditaion
officer, he is negligent because he is not taking sufficient steps to make
sure that the information reaches the officer.

Alternatively, if the student tells his officer and not his supervisor he
may put his supervisor's nose out of joint, but the safety structure isn't
there to maintain the supervisor's ego. The only problem is that the
supervisor shpould know of the idiocy of the second student. This is where
the first poster has failed, but if he gets dismissed for that he should
sue.


toby




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