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Standardisation of radiation portal monitor controls and readouts.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20858682     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
There is an urgent need to standardise the numbering configuration of radiation portal monitor sensing panels. Currently, manufacturers use conflicting numbering schemes that may confuse operators of these varied systems. There is a similar problem encountered with the varied choices of coloured indicator lights and coloured print lines designated for gamma and neutron alarms. In addition, second-party software that changes the alarm colour scheme may also have been installed. Furthermore, no provision exists for the colour blind or to provide work stations with only black ink on alarm printouts. These inconsistencies and confusing set-ups could inadvertently cause a misinterpretation of the alarm, resulting in the potential release of a radiological hazard into a sovereign country. These issues are discussed, and a proposed solution is offered.
M Tinker
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Radiation protection dosimetry     Volume:  141     ISSN:  1742-3406     ISO Abbreviation:  Radiat Prot Dosimetry     Publication Date:  2010 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-09-22     Completed Date:  2011-02-02     Revised Date:  2011-05-23    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8109958     Medline TA:  Radiat Prot Dosimetry     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  305-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Environmental Exposure / prevention & control
Environmental Monitoring / methods*
Equipment Design
Nuclear Weapons
Radiation Monitoring / methods*
Radiation Protection
Radioactive Hazard Release / prevention & control
Radiometry / methods*
Reference Standards
Risk Assessment / methods
Safety Management / methods*,  standards

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