|AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - DAMAGED GAUGE
The following is a synopsis of information received from the Commonwealth of Virginia via email:
On July 29, 2019, at approximately 2315 EDT, the Virginia Department of Health, Office of Radiological Health (Rad Health) was notified of a traffic accident involving a Troxler Gauge - model 4640B, Serial Number 2739, containing an 8 mCi Cs-137 source, source serial number 77-6508. At approximately 2125 EDT, a motorist entered a closed traffic lane and struck the gauge. Surveys by the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) indicated that the source was likely not breached. The Rad Health Duty Officer advised the RSO that the gauge was safe to transport to the licensee's secured storage location.
On July 30, 2019, Rad Health's Radioactive Materials (Rad Materials) staff visited the licensee's facility and performed contamination surveys of the gauge and the Type A package. No contamination was detected on any of the swipe samples collected. The licensee and the Rad Materials staff contacted the Troxler service department to discuss next steps. The Troxler service representative explained that they could use the swipe samples to perform a leak test. The RSO was advised that once the source is confirmed not to be leaking by Troxler, the licensee may transport the damaged gauge for repair or replacement. The RSO was advised by Rad Material staff that the Type A package label will need to be changed to correct the transport index (TI) value from 0.2 to 0.5, and the shipping papers would also need to be changed to show the new TI.
Virginia Event Report ID: VA 19-005