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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 481. Virginia Radiation Protection Regulations
3/27/2017

12VAC5-481-1100. Notification of Incidents.

A. Notwithstanding any other requirements for notification, licensees shall immediately report each event involving radioactive material possessed by the licensee that may have caused or threatens to cause any of the following conditions:

1. An individual to receive:

a. A total effective dose equivalent of 25 rem (0.25 Sv) or more;

b. A lens dose equivalent of 75 rem (0.75 Sv) or more; or

c. A shallow dose equivalent to the skin or extremities or a total organ dose equivalent of 250 rad (2.5 Gy) or more; and

2. The release of radioactive material, inside or outside of a restricted area, so that, had an individual been present for 24 hours, the individual could have received an intake five times the occupational annual limits on intake. The provision of this subdivision does not apply to locations where personnel are not normally stationed during routine operations, such as hot cells or process enclosures.

B. Licensees shall, within 24 hours of discovery of the event, report any event involving loss of control of a licensed material possessed by the licensee that may have caused, or threatened to cause, any of the following conditions:

1. An individual to receive, in a period of 24 hours:

a. A total effective dose equivalent exceeding 5 rem (0.05 Sv);

b. A lens dose equivalent exceeding 15 rem (0.15 Sv); or

c. A shallow dose equivalent to the skin or extremities or a total organ dose equivalent exceeding 50 rem (0.5 Sv); and

2. The release of radioactive material, inside or outside of a restricted area, so that, had an individual been present for 24 hours, the individual could have received an intake in excess of one occupational annual limits on intake. The provisions of this subdivision do not apply to locations where personnel are not normally stationed during routine operations, such as hot cells or process enclosures.

C. Licensees shall prepare any report filed with the agency pursuant to this section so that names of individuals who received exposure to radiation or radioactive material are stated in a separate and detachable part of the report.

D. Reports made by licensees in response to the requirements of this section shall be made, via telephone, to the agency at (804) 864-8150 during normal business hours and to the State Emergency Operations Center at (804) 674-1110 after normal business hours.

E. The provisions of this section do not include doses that result from planned special exposures, provided that such doses are within the limits for planned special exposures, and are reported under 12VAC5-481-1120.

Statutory Authority

§ 32.1-229 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 22, Issue 25, eff. September 20, 2006; amended, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 18, eff. June 12, 2008; Volume 32, Issue 24, eff. August 25, 2016.

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