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Title: Operational accidents and radiation exposures at ERDA facilities, 1975-1977

Abstract

The Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA) accident frequency and losses were similar to that of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) from 1970 through 1974. The ERDA incidence rates per 200,000 work hours were 1.05 for lost workday injuries and 17.8 for workdays lost. These rates are about one-third of the national industrial averages reported by the National Safety Council (NSC). Ten fatalities occurred at ERDA facilities resulting in an average annual rate of three deaths per 100,000 workers compared to the national rate of 14 deaths per 100,000 workers. ERDA's total property loss from 1975 to 1977 was $11.9 million; $1.8 million caused by fires. The average annual loss rates, in cents loss per $100 valuation, were 1.15 for non-fire and 0.18 for fire. These rates are higher than the AEC post; Rocky Flats period (1970 through 1974) which were 0.60 non-fire and 0.10 fire; but are lower than the average annual rates which were 2.4 non-fire and 1.7 fire for the entire history of the AEC. Accidents causing more than $50,000 in property damage are tabulated. ERDA continued to make a strong effort to eliminate unnecessary radiation exposure to workers. The number of employees exceeding 1 rem decreasedmore » from 2999 in 1975 to 2274 in 1977. The two appendixes include criteria for accident investigations and summaries of accident investigation reports.« less

Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Department of Energy, Washington, DC (USA). Assistant Secretary for Environment
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
5388119
Report Number(s):
DOE/EV-0080
TRN: 80-011219
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; 63 RADIATION, THERMAL, AND OTHER ENVIRON. POLLUTANT EFFECTS ON LIVING ORGS. AND BIOL. MAT.; ACCIDENTS; REVIEWS; NUCLEAR FACILITIES; RADIATION HAZARDS; US ERDA; COST; DAMAGE; DISTRIBUTION; FIRES; GRAPHS; INJURIES; MORTALITY; OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY; PERSONNEL; RADIATION DOSES; RADIATION PROTECTION; RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS; TABLES; DATA FORMS; DOCUMENT TYPES; DOSES; HAZARDS; HEALTH HAZARDS; NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS; SAFETY; US ORGANIZATIONS; 054000* - Nuclear Fuels- Health & Safety; 560151 - Radiation Effects on Animals- Man

Citation Formats

. Operational accidents and radiation exposures at ERDA facilities, 1975-1977. United States: N. p., 1980. Web. doi:10.2172/5388119.
. Operational accidents and radiation exposures at ERDA facilities, 1975-1977. United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/5388119
. Thu . "Operational accidents and radiation exposures at ERDA facilities, 1975-1977". United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/5388119. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/5388119.
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title = {Operational accidents and radiation exposures at ERDA facilities, 1975-1977},
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abstractNote = {The Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA) accident frequency and losses were similar to that of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) from 1970 through 1974. The ERDA incidence rates per 200,000 work hours were 1.05 for lost workday injuries and 17.8 for workdays lost. These rates are about one-third of the national industrial averages reported by the National Safety Council (NSC). Ten fatalities occurred at ERDA facilities resulting in an average annual rate of three deaths per 100,000 workers compared to the national rate of 14 deaths per 100,000 workers. ERDA's total property loss from 1975 to 1977 was $11.9 million; $1.8 million caused by fires. The average annual loss rates, in cents loss per $100 valuation, were 1.15 for non-fire and 0.18 for fire. These rates are higher than the AEC post; Rocky Flats period (1970 through 1974) which were 0.60 non-fire and 0.10 fire; but are lower than the average annual rates which were 2.4 non-fire and 1.7 fire for the entire history of the AEC. Accidents causing more than $50,000 in property damage are tabulated. ERDA continued to make a strong effort to eliminate unnecessary radiation exposure to workers. The number of employees exceeding 1 rem decreased from 2999 in 1975 to 2274 in 1977. The two appendixes include criteria for accident investigations and summaries of accident investigation reports.},
doi = {10.2172/5388119},
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place = {United States},
year = {1980},
month = {5}
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