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NRPB - W66 Survey into the Radiological Impact of the Normal Transport of Radioactive Material in the UK by Road and Rail

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Authors:

S J Watson, W B Oatway, A L Jones and J S Hughes

Publication date: March 2005

ISBN: 0-85951-554-0

 

Synopsis

This study is the latest in a series of reviews of the transport of radioactive materials within the United Kingdom. These reviews cover the operational practices and radiological implications of shipments of these materials by each mode of transport. This review has examined the transport of radioactive materials by road and rail. It was found that there are currently some half a million packages being shipped within the UK each year. The majority of these packages contain materials destined for industrial, research and especially medical uses. The number of packages carrying materials associated with the nuclear industry is only a small proportion of this total. Radiation exposures of most transport workers are below 1 mSv, and the highest annual doses, up to a few millisieverts, are received by workers handling packages containing medical products. Annual doses to individual members of the public from these operations are very low, and at least an order of magnitude below the annual dose limit of 1 mSv.

 


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Last reviewed: 1 August 2013