United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Question 219: 10 CFR 20.1601 requires control of access to

high radiation areas. It provides an exception for access

to hospital areas with patients containing radioactive

material, "provided that there are personnel in attendance

. . ." who will take certain specified precautions. (a)

Does a nursing station within line-of-site of a patient's

room satisfy the requirement? (b) Does a nursing station

controlling access to a ward, but not in the line-of-site,

satisfy the requirement?

Answer: (a) Yes, provided there are personnel in

attendance at all times who will take the necessary

precautions to prevent the exposure of individuals to

radiation or radioactive material in excess of the limits

established in Part 20, and operate within the ALARA

provisions of the licensee's radiation protection program.

b) Yes, provided the room is properly posted. (Reference:

10 CFR 20.1601, Appendix X to Regulatory Guide 10.8)

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