Oregon Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division

Rule Rule 333-120-0450
Precautionary Procedures: Procedures for Receiving and Opening Packages


(1)

Each licensee who expects to receive a package containing quantities of radioactive material in excess of a Type A quantity, as defined in 49 CFR 173.435 Table of A1 and A2 Values for Radionuclides, must make arrangements to receive:

(a)

The package when the carrier offers it for delivery; or

(b)

Notification of the arrival of the package at the carrier’s terminal and to take possession of the package expeditiously.

(2)

Each licensee must:

(a)

Monitor the external surfaces of a labeled package for radioactive contamination unless the package contains only radioactive material in the form of a gas or in special form as defined in OAR 333-118-0020 (Definitions);

(b)

Monitor the external surfaces of a labeled package for radiation levels; and
NOTE: Labeled with a Radioactive White I, Yellow II, or Yellow III label as specified in U.S. Department of Transportation regulations, 49 CFR 172.403 and 172.436-440.

(c)

Monitor all packages known to contain radioactive material for radioactive contamination and radiation levels if there is evidence of degradation of package integrity, such as packages that are crushed, wet, or damaged.

(3)

The licensee must perform the monitoring required by section (2) of this rule as soon as practicable after receipt of the package, but not later than three hours after the package is received at the licensee’s facility if it is received during the licensee’s normal working hours, or not later than three hours from the beginning of the next working day if it is received after working hours.

(4)

The licensee must immediately notify the final delivery carrier and the Authority, by telephone when:

(a)

Removable radioactive surface contamination exceeds the limits of OAR 333-118-0150 (Operating Controls and Procedures: Routine Determinations) Table 3;

(b)

External radiation levels exceed the limits of OAR 333-118-0150 (Operating Controls and Procedures: Routine Determinations)(11).

(5)

Each licensee must:

(a)

Establish, maintain, and retain written procedures for safely opening packages in which radioactive material is received; and

(b)

Ensure that the procedures are followed and that due consideration is given to special instructions for the type of package being opened.

(6)

Licensees transferring special form sources in licensee-owned or licensee-operated vehicles to and from a work site are exempt from the contamination monitoring requirements of section (2) of this rule, but are not exempt from the survey requirement in section (2) of this rule for measuring radiation levels, which is required to ensure that the source is still properly lodged in its shield.
[ED. NOTE: Tables referenced are available from the agency.]
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