Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Radiopharmaceutical Company Sealed Due To Radiation as 4 workers exceeded more than 400 times the normal Reading, Malaysia - 14th June 2011

A radiopharmaceutical company in Selangor has been ordered to stop operation and its premises has been sealed by the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) for further investigation after radioactive materials are detected on four of its workers.

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili, said the radioactive contamination was detected by AELB through a Radiation Portal Monitor (RPM) system at 11.30am last June 2 after the four workers went to the AELB office.

"The radiation reading on one of the workers exceeded more than 400 times the normal reading (the normal reading is 0.5 micro Sievert/hour)," he said in press statement here Tuesday.

He said the four workers had gone through the decontamination process, with three of them at the National Radiological Emergency Center at the AELB head office in Dengkil.

The other worker, who was directly involved with the radiopharmaceutical leakage, was decontaminated at the Malaysian Nuclear Agency, he added.

Ongkili said a AELB team also monitored the company premises the same day and found the contamination there at more than 100 times the normal reading.

"The contaminated area has been cordoned off to ensure the radiation does not spread or any radioactive particles from leaving the place," he added.

The company was also ordered to review its work procedure and to submit remedial action to prevent the incident from happening again. Source