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Radioactive materials are routinely carried throughout the European Communities, by all modes of transport. These shipments occur in accordance with comprehensive regulations and the vast majority of these shipments are made without incident. Occasionally however accidents and other incidents have occurred at various stages of transport operations and the purpose of this study was to examine the available information on events that occurred within the Communities during the years 1975 to 1986. The information was gathered from Member States' Competent Authorities and other organisations, using a questionnaire. Most of the detailed information came from the two countries carrying out the study, the UK and France. The information gathered covered many different types of event involving a wide range of materials : it is concluded that under-reporting is a major source of uncertainty in the results. Accidents and incidents involving certain types of transport are more fully reported than others. No evidence was found of any major health consequences resulting from the accidents and incidents studied. However, there were instances of high doses having been received by workers, mainly as a result of inadequate preparation of packages prior to despatch.

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Authors: LOMBARD J, CEA, Fontenay-aux-Roses (FR);RINGOT C, CEA, Fontenay-aux-Roses (FR);TOMACHEVSKY E, CEA, Fontenay-aux-Roses (FR);HUGHES J S, National Radiological Protection Board, Chilton, Didcot (GB);SHAW K B, National Radiological Protection Board, Chilton, Didcot (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 12768 EN (1990) 66 pp., MF, ECU 4, blow-up copy ECU 8.75
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Record Number: 199011097 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en