No worker contamination in minor SRS radiation incident

A June incident thought to have contaminated a Savannah River Site worker with radiation turned out to involve a nonmeasurable dose.


According to a June 29 report from the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board – and made public this week – debris fell from a waste drum being moved in the site’s H Canyon area, causing a spike in airborne radiation that set off an air monitor.

Initial tests indicated one worker received a low inhalation dose, the report said.

Reviews of data from the workers involved determined no one received a measurable radiation dose, said Barbara Smoak, a spokeswoman for Savannah River Nuclear Solutions.

Worker exposure incidents are rare at the site, she said, with no reportable personnel contamination cases occurring for more than 10 million radiation worker-hours.

– Rob Pavey,

staff writer