37.14.813 EQUIPMENT CONTROL: LEAK TESTING, REPAIR, TAGGING, OPENING, MODIFICATION, AND REPLACEMENT OF SEALED SOURCES
(1) The replacement of any sealed source fastened to or contained in a radiographic exposure device and leak testing, repair, tagging, opening, or any other modification of any sealed source shall be performed only by persons specifically authorized to do so by the department, the US nuclear regulatory commission, or any agreement state.
(2) Each sealed source shall be tested for leakage at intervals not to exceed 6 months. In the absence of a certificate from a transferor that a test has been made within the 6 month period prior to the transfer, the sealed source shall not be put into use until tested.
(3) The leak test shall be capable of detecting the presence of 0.005 microcurie of removable contamination on the sealed source. An acceptable leak test for sealed sources in the possession of a radiography licensee would be to test at the nearest accessible point to the sealed source storage position, or other appropriate measuring point, by a procedure to be approved pursuant to ARM 37.14.540(5) (e) . Records of leak test results shall be kept in units of microcuries and maintained for inspection by the department for 6 months after the next required leak test is performed or until the sealed source is transferred or disposed of.
(4) Any test conducted pursuant to (2) and (3) of this rule which reveals the presence of 0.005 microcurie or more of removable radioactive material shall be considered evidence that the sealed source is leaking. The licensee shall immediately withdraw the equipment involved from use and shall cause it to be decontaminated and repaired or to be disposed of, in accordance with rules of the department. Within 5 days after obtaining results of the test, the licensee shall file a report with the department describing the equipment involved, the test results, and the corrective action taken.
(5) A sealed source which is not fastened to or contained in a radiographic exposure device shall have permanently attached to it a durable tag at least 1 inch square bearing the prescribed radiation caution symbol in conventional colors, magenta or purple on a yellow background, and at least the instructions:
DO NOT HANDLE
NOTIFY CIVIL AUTHORITIES IF FOUND
History: Sec. 75-3-201, MCA; IMP, Sec. 75-3-201, MCA; NEW, 1980 MAR p. 1069, Eff. 3/28/80; TRANS, from DHES, 1996 MAR p. 433; TRANS, from DEQ, 2000 MAR p. 189.