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SSINS No.: 6870 Accession No.: 8002290670 UNITED STATES NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION OFFICE OF INSPECTION AND ENFORCEMENT WASHINGTON, D.C. 20555 May 5, 1980 Information Notice No. 80-17 POTENTIAL HAZARDS ASSOCIATED WITH INTERCHANGEABLE PARTS ON RADIOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT Description of Circumstances: We have been advised of a potentially hazardous condition involving the interchangeability of locking mechanisms in certain radiographic exposure devices. It is reported that SPEC 2-T and Gamma Pipeliner locking mechanisms are of the same size diameter. It was determined that the Gamma Pipeliner mechanism can be installed in the SPEC 2-T camera. However, the locking mechanism, when locked, will not secure the source in the safe position because the locking lug is too short to engage the stop ball on the pigtail. If you are authorized to possess these devices, you should discuss this specific matter with your radiographic personnel. Additionally, you should discuss the general problems that might result from the interchanging of parts. You may want to address this matter in your training program and in your procedures. This Information Notice provides information about a potential safety concern. No written response is required. If you desire additional information regarding this matter, contact the Director of the appropriate Regional Office.
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