A radiological incident with a radioactive lightning rod source found in a vehicle used by film crewmembers: a case study
Košutić, Duško D.
Lazarević, Đorđe R.
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An overview of radiological incident involving radiation source from a lightning rod ((152)Eu/(154)Eu), together with dose estimation for individuals exposed to ionising radiation is given in the paper. The cause of the incident was an orphaned source from a lightning rod. The dose received by individuals was assessed using a retrospective dosimetry technique, based on the information on behaviour of individuals and results of dose rate measurements in the vicinity of the source. Several people have been exposed to relatively high dose rates for an extended period of time. The conservatively estimated cumulative dose values for two categories of individuals were 50 and 40 mSv, respectively, which are significantly higher than annual dose limit for public exposure of 1 mSv. The need to identify radioactive sources incorporated in radioactive lightning rods, to maintain control and accountability and to remove and dispose of them properly along with appropriate record keeping in Serbia w...as highlighted. These activities would reduce the probability of occurrence of radiation incidents in Serbia.
Source:Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 2010, 141, 3, 309-314
- Serbian Ministry of Sciences