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Event Notification Report for May 20, 2004

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40747 40759 40760

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General Information or Other Event Number: 40747
Rep Org: NC DIV OF RADIATION PROTECTION
Licensee: SRB TECHNOLOGIES
Region: 1
City: WINSTON SALEM State: NC
County:
License #: 034-0534-1
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: LEE COX
HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY
Notification Date: 05/14/2004
Notification Time: 10:20 [ET]
Event Date: 05/11/2004
Event Time: [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/14/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
JOHN ROGGE (R1)
LINDA GERSEY (NMSS)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - TRITIUM EXIT SIGNS LOST IN SHIPMENT

The following information was received via facsimile (North Carolina Incident report 04-19):

"The shipment was picked up from SRB Technologies, Inc. in Winston Salem, NC. The shipment was to be delivered to Wild Sales Co. in Santa Fe Springs, CA by Pilot Air Freight (shipment #070743258). Pilot Air Freight picked up a shipment of 14 boxes of which 13 boxes contained 129 tritium exit signs from the licensee on April 23, 2004. The balance of 1 box contained sign accessories/hardware. The sign customer notified the licensee that a box was missing on April 28, 2004. Pilot freight was immediately informed and they began investigating. Final confirmation was given to the licensee on May 11, 2004 that the box could not be located. The missing box contained 10 exit signs each containing 9.9 curies of tritium. The serial numbers of the missing signs are 316493-316502."

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 40759
Rep Org: CARDINAL HEALTH SYSTEMS
Licensee: RADIOPHARMACY OF BOISE
Region: 4
City: BOISE State: ID
County: ADA
License #: 11-27664-01MD
Agreement: N
Docket: 030-3536
NRC Notified By: WILLIE REGITS
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 05/19/2004
Notification Time: 12:24 [ET]
Event Date: 05/18/2004
Event Time: 09:00 [MDT]
Last Update Date: 05/19/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
30.50(b)(1) - UNPLANNED CONTAMINATION
Person (Organization):
TROY PRUETT (R4)
LINDA GERSEY (NMSS)

Event Text

UNPLANNED CONTAMINATION EVENT DUE TO SPILL OF IODINE-131

On 5/18/04 at 0900 hrs. MST, a radio pharmacist at Cardinal Health System's Radio pharmacy of Boise was preparing a vial of I-131 when the pig assembly failed and the pig and vial dropped to the floor, shattering the vial. Approximately 58 milliCuries of I-131 was spilled. The radio pharmacist was contaminated on his legs.

The licensee is currently collecting data to determine the skin dose to the pharmacist who decontaminated himself under the phone directions of the headquarters health physics technicians. Uptake data calculations are awaiting bioassay results. The pharmacist has been administered a dose of ThyroBlock as a precautionary measure.

The spill occurred in the restricted hot lab area. Decontamination of the lab area has removed all loose surface contamination. All fixed contamination has been shielded. Continuous air sampling is being used to determine volatility of the spilled material.

The licensee made a voice mail notification to R4DNMS (Katanic).

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Other Nuclear Material Event Number: 40760
Rep Org: SAINT LUKES HOSPITAL
Licensee: SAINT LUKES HOSPITAL
Region: 4
City: MERIDIAN State: ID
County: ADA
License #: 11-2731-01
Agreement: N
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DARYL NEU
HQ OPS Officer: BILL GOTT
Notification Date: 05/19/2004
Notification Time: 12:30 [ET]
Event Date: 05/18/2004
Event Time: 13:00 [MDT]
Last Update Date: 05/19/2004
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
20.1906(d)(1) - SURFACE CONTAM LEVELS > LIMITS
Person (Organization):
TROY PRUETT (R4)
LINDA GERSEY (NMSS)

Event Text

SURFACE CONTAMINATION ON BOX GREATER THAN THE LIMIT

Saint Luke's Hospital in Meridian, ID received a box from Radio-Pharmacy of Boise, ID which had surface contamination of 50,000 counts per minute by wipe of I-131. The box has been placed in waste storage to allow the contamination to decay away. Wipes of the area indicated that none of the contamination spread. There was no personnel contamination. Radio-Pharmacy of Boise, the originator of the shipment, was notified of the contaminated box and indicated that they had a spill of I-131 on 5/18/04. Radio Pharmacy of Boise reported that event separately to the NRC (See Event Notification 40769).

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