United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Health Physics Questions and Answers - Question 454

Question 454: What is the specific scope of the reports required to be provided to workers in accordance with the various provisions of 10 CFR Part 19.13? The provisions in question are as follows:

(a) Part 19, §19.13 (b) requires that licensees provide reports to workers annually of dose as shown in records maintained by the licensee. Is the monitoring period covered by this section limited to the preceding year only? This would appear to be the case based on the comments made by the NRC staff in the statements of consideration (56 FR 23386, column 2) which states, "a copy of the annual report to NRC could also be given to the individual worker to satisfy the revised reporting requirement in §19.13..." The annual report referred to is the report submitted in accordance with Part 20, §20.2206, which is limited to the monitoring period of the preceding year.

(b) If the licensee provides workers with an NRC Form 5 (or equivalent), does the scope of this information fulfill the requirements of Part 19, §19.13 (a) to provide certain information to workers? The purpose in asking this question is to confirm that, although §19.13 (a) was not revised as a conforming amendment to the revised Part 20, the comments made by the NRC (as described in item "a", above) also apply, i.e., "a copy of the annual report to NRC could also be given to the individual worker to satisfy the revised reporting requirement in §19.13." If the NRC Form 5 (or equivalent) is not sufficient to comply with §19.13 (a), what additional information is required to be provided to the worker?

(c) Does this provision [i.e., §19.13 (b)] apply to all workers who were monitored during the preceding year by the licensee, or only to workers who continue to be monitored by the licensee at the end of the year?

(d) If the workers were given a complete and final dose report at the time of termination of employment during the preceding year, is an additional, duplicative report still required to be issued in accordance with §19.13 (b)?

(e) In providing annual dose reports to workers in accordance with §19.13 (b), are reports of dose to the worker's embryo / fetus, maintained in accordance with 10 CFR 20.2106, also required to be provided to the worker with the report?

(f) In providing dose reports to a worker in accordance with §19.13 (e), at the request of the worker at the time of termination of employment, are reports of dose to the worker's embryo / fetus, maintained in accordance with 10 CFR 20.2106, also required to be provided to the worker with the report?

Answer:

(a) Yes; the monitoring period covered by 10 CFR 19.13 (b) is limited to the previous year. See related Questions 392-395, inclusive, concerning reports required by 10 CFR 20.2206 and Questions 37, 377, and 378 concerning the requirements of 10 CFR 19.13 (b).

(b) Yes, the scope of the information on NRC Form 5 (or equivalent) fulfills the information requirements of 10 CFR 19.13 (a) [and 10 CFR 19.13 (b). However, in accordance with 10 CFR 19.13 (a), the transmittal of the information by the licensee to the individual must contain the following statement (which is not on Form 5): This report is furnished to you under the provisions of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulation 10 CFR Part 19. You should preserve this report for further reference.

(c) 10 CFR 19.13 (b) applies to all workers who were required to be monitored during the preceding year, not just those who continue to be monitored at the end of the year.

(d) No, an additional duplicative report need not be issued, provided that it was made clear to the worker that the report he or she was given at time of termination of employment was a "complete and final report" from the licensee for that worker for that year.

(e) No, not unless requested by the worker. See the answer to Question 378 in the section headed 10 CFR 19.13).

(f) Yes, if the worker has requested this information.

(References: 10 CFR 19.13, 10 CFR 20.2106)

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