U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
NMSS Guidance to Manufacturers Regarding Labeling of Gas and Aerosol Detectors
Title: NMSS Guidance to Manufacturers Regarding Labeling
of Gas and Aerosol Detectors
See the letter from V. L. Miller to Distribution (Certain
NRC Licensees) dated August 7, 1980. This letter was
written to provide guidance to manufacturers regarding
labeling of gas and aerosol detectors (smoke detectors).
HPPOS-150 contains a related topic.
On June 9, 1980, the NRC published changes to NRC
regulations for the labeling of gas and aerosol detectors
(smoke detectors). The revised labeling requirements
applied to manufacturers and other persons licensed by the
NRC to transfer gas and aerosol detectors for use by
persons exempt from NRC's regulations. The letter was
written in a question / answer style format. Specific topics
covered in the letter included the following:
The labeling requirements became effective on January 1,
1981, and that date was considered to be the "label
application date." Although a cut-off date was not
established for transfer of detectors labeled in accordance
with the new requirements, 10 CFR 32.26 specific licensees
had until June 30, 1981, to transfer all such detectors
manufactured prior to January 1, 1981. Detectors intended
for export need not be labeled and packaged as specified in
the revised rules, but could be exported under the general
license of 10 CFR 110.24.
Under the new requirements, manufacturers would not be
required to provide disposal instructions for smoke
detectors nor provide disposal service.
After January 1, 1981, the label on the detector must state
"CONTAINS RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL." Although a minimum size
for the type or label was not specified, letter sizes
acceptable in the past were still considered acceptable.
The label on a detector returned for warranty service after
January 1, 1981, does not need to be replaced unless the
original label was destroyed during service. The
manufacturer does not need to identify himself on the
label, but may instead state his license number as: "U.S.
NRC License No. xxx" or "Produced under U. S. NRC License
No. xxx." No abbreviations for radionuclides or the
quantity of activity can be used.
Regulatory references: 10 CFR 30.20, 10 CFR 32.26, 10 CFR
Subject codes: 3.2, 3.5, 4.7, 9.0
Applicability: Byproduct Material