DOT and NRC Requirements for Shipping Radioactive Empty Packages

DOT and NRC Requirements for Shipping Radioactive Empty Packages

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The “Empty” category may be used for a packaging which previously contained Class 7 (radioactive) material and has been emptied of its contents as far as practical. However, internal radioactive contamination remains, possibly due to leakage of radioactive material from the inner container. It is not uncommon that suppliers of radioactive materials wish to receive the package back, so that it may be reused. These are some important questions that must be answered before returning packages that were used to ship radioactive material:

• How much internal contamination is allowed?

• Do I need to include a shipping paper?

• How do I label and mark my package?

• What are the allowable radiation levels on the outside of the package?

• Do I need special training in order to ship “Empty” packages?

This course is intended for workers who require initial training on the shipment of “Empty” packages containing radioactive contamination and have completed training on fundamentals of radiation and radioactivity. This course has been designed to assure that students receive training in general awareness and familiarization of DOT’s HAZMAT regulations, function specific training concerning the preparation for shipment and movement of packages previously containing radioactive material which now have internal contamination, general safety training, and security awareness training. This course is intended to provide training to help meet training requirements specified in Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 172, Subpart H of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and regulations of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Agreement States, and other agencies.