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Unformatted text preview: 2-1Unit2Radiological Transportation AccidentsIn this unit you will learn:OTypes of radioactive material shipments and associated packaging.OInformation sources available at the scene of a radioactive material accident that describe the nature ofthe potential hazard.OOn-scene accident response actions for the general public.INTRODUCTIONMillions of packages of radioactive materials are transported in the United States annually. Most shipmentsconsist of medical and industrial products. Other shipments include nuclear power plant fuel, nuclearweapons and weapons material, and radioactive waste generated by hospitals,laboratories, nuclearreactors, and military facilities.Because of the sheer number of radioactive material shipments, transportation accidents are the mostcommon type of incident involving radioactive materials. Despite their frequency, there have been noknown serious nuclear radiation exposures resulting from transportation accidents. This is due largely tothe nature of the radioactive materials transported and the use of protective packaging commensurate with...
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- Spring '10