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Health Physics Department Report for Month Ending November 30, 1946
Subject Terms:
Health Physics, cell; personnel monitoring; pocket meter, uranium, gamma; radioactive, isotope, ORNL
Document Location:
DOE INFORMATION CENTER 1 Way, Oak Ridge, TN 37831; Eva Butler; Phone: 865-241-4780; Toll-Free: 800-382-6938, Option 6; FAX: 865-574-3521; Email:
Document Categories:
Health, Safety and Environment\Public Health and Safety; Isotope Separation\General; Specific Material\Uranium
Document Type:
Publication Date:
1946 Dec 09
Declassification Date:
1953 May 29
Declassification Status:
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Accession Number:
Document Number(s):
MonH-215, Copy 29A
Originating Research Org.:
Clinton Laboratories
OpenNet Entry Date:
1998 Jun 16
This document concerns the Health Physics Department report for the month ending November 30, 1946. A radioactive phosphorus solution reacted more violently than usual in the hot laboratory of the isotope separation building (706-D) and it was rushed to the decontamination room. A heating unit in Cell 1 of Room 2 in the Chemistry Building failed, causing a uranium solution to crystallize, and attempts to remove this solid caused several cases of contaminated hands and clothing and resulted in a spill on the floor. A number of the latest type of Victoreen pocket meters are on test which contain the desiccant in a plastic capsule so it cannot sift out causing the instruments to leak and the threads of the meter cap to bind. Some of the reasons for the percent of high single and double pocket meter readings being higher at Clinton Laboratories than at Hanford Engineering Works were due to: higher humidity, more radiation exposure, older meters with a constant meter shortage, and possibly less efficient pocket meter service at Clinton Laboratories. A graph of meter readings is enclosed.

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