Health and Safety
of High Level
February 24, 2017
This training provides information on the
Security Action Plan for access to the irradiator room.
The plan, including room location information,
user list, and user picture file are maintained in the Roman Street Garage
Emergency Command Post (ECP) in the Emergency Response Information binder.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has
security requirements for large radioactive sources. LSUHSC has irradiator
machines in the irradiator room containing these large sources.
WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL?
If stolen, these radioactive sources could be used by terrorists
to cause harm.
A “Dirty Bomb" is one type of a radiological dispersal device (RDD)
that combines conventional explosives, such as dynamite, with
radioactive material. Most RDDs would not release enough radiation to
kill people or cause severe illness - the conventional explosive itself
would be more harmful to individuals than the radioactive material.
However, depending on the situation, an RDD explosion could create fear
and panic, contaminate property, and require potentially costly cleanup.
University Police are designated as our Local
Law Enforcement Agency (LLEA). Your responsibilities while manning the ECP in
the Roman Street garage:
- Provide reasonable assurance of the security of these radioactive
materials by protecting from theft or diversion.
- Verify all individuals who enter the Irradiator room are approved
irradiator users. Approval is given by Radiation Safety Officer (RSO),
James Davis and names and images are located in User list in ECP.
- Respond quickly when an individual entering this room is not
recognized as an approved user.
- Respond quickly when an individual(s) attempts to dismantle these
- Know the difference between “unescorted” vs “escorted” user
- Know who to contact immediately in the event of attempted theft
of these sources.
WHO’S ALLOWED TO ENTER THE IRRADIATOR ROOM?
The RSO ensures all necessary security background verification
checks as required by the NRC to determine who can enter this room.
There are two types of access:
- escorted access
Electronic door card access is available to the following unescorted
(Click or tap for expanded view.)
University Police has the above listing (with actual names)
in the Emergency Command Post (ECP). This list includes the exact
of irradiator room.
Also, this listing includes pictures of every user that the
Officer on duty in the ECP can compare to the video image of the
individual seeking access to the irreadiator room. Each photograph is
marked with a legend (see the diagrams below) so University Police can
quickly identify those individuals with unescorted access and those
individuals who require an escort.
IRRADIATOR USER LEGEND
unescorted access legend
escorted access legend
USERS GAIN ACCESS TO THE IRRADIATOR ROOM?
When users swipe their ID card to enter the
irradiator room, an email will be sent to the RSO, Executive Director of
EH&S and all University Police Officers.
Event ‘Irradiator Rm Send Email When Reader is Scanned’ is activated
Sent: Tues 4/5/2016 11:35 AM
To: Davis, James; Fahey, Robert; University Police
Time: 11:35 AM
Message: Irradiator Room has been accessed
The surveillance camera in the Irradiator room
allows the officer on duty in the ECP to view the individual and verify that
they have authorized access.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR?
- Does the individual keep looking at camera?
- If more than one person in room, are they extremely close
- Does the individual look nervous or hyperactive?
- Did the individual in room let in several more people after
- Do you see individuals removing the cover off any irradiator?
- Did the video monitor go out all of the sudden?
WHEN IN DOUBT – CHECK IT OUT!!!
WHAT TO DO?
Normal Use Event
- Make sure video monitor image of irradiator room is always on
(24/7) and being monitored by the officer on duty in the ECP.
- When an individual enters the room you will be notified by
e-mail. Compare the individual with the pictures on the user list.
- If individual is on the list, clearly identifiable and no theft
or damage of equipment is noticed, no action is necessary.
- If individual is not on this list, or is not easily identifiable,
immediately go to the Irradiator room and knock on the door, identify
yourself and ask them to come into hallway for a security check.
- Verify that the individual(s) are on the user list.
- If not on list, remove them from area and record all necessary.
identification information and ask what there intentions are and how
did they get in the secured area.
- Contact James Davis, RSO, immediately and release the individual
only upon his approval. If the RSO can’t be contact, notify Bob Fahey,
Executive Director EHS.
Possible theft or diversion event
- If anyone attempts to remove or damage any piece of an
irradiator, (except for a pre-authorized vendor approved by the RSO;
Jim Davis will inform University Police of vendor visits) respond to
the scene and take appropriate actions.
- Should an unexpected event occur (e.g., Department of
Environmental Quality shows up after hours and wants access), you must
still gain clearance from the RSO. In the event of any official or
unofficial request to gain access to the irradiator room, contact the
- Notify the RSO, James Davis (or Bob Fahey if James Davis is
unavailable). He will then contact the NRC’s Operations Center at
301-816-5100 and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality‘s
Emergency and Radiological Services Division at 225-765-0160.
Security - Equipment Testing
The RSO, per NRC direction, will conduct an annual unannounced
drill to test compliance with security procedures.
Information will be recorded by the RSO on items such as:
- How long did it take for security personnel to respond?
- What actions were taken by security personnel once they arrived?
- Comments on improvements if needed.
Summary for Officers on Duty in ECP
- Ensure you know the location of the approved user list maintained
in the ECP.
- Maintain vigilance over the security camera view of the
irradiator room in the ECP.
- Check email as an auxiliary measure to monitor entry into the
- Any unauthorized access must be reported to the RSO, James Davis, immediately. (Bob Fahey is
secondary contact at 504-905-6316).
- If in doubt, check it out!
If you have any questions about this training, contact the RSO,