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NUCLEAR REGULATION: Improvement notice issued to Chalfont St Giles healthcare company after radioactive substance error

 Published on: 1st June 2022   |   By: Lizzie Ellis   |   Category: Uncategorized

A healthcare company based in Chalfont St Giles has been told it must improve training after a road traffic collision involving staff transporting radio-active substances.

GE Healthcare Ltd, based at Pollards Wood on Nightingales Lane in the village of St Giles has been served an Improvement Notice by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) due to shortfalls in training for staff involved in the transport of radioactive material.

The shortfalls were discovered following an ONR investigation into a road traffic collision involving a vehicle carrying radiopharmaceuticals for GE Healthcare Ltd.

The incident occurred on February 16 at around 3am near York while the vehicle was in transit from Birmingham Airport to various locations. Minor damage was caused to a radiopharmaceutical package during the incident.

An ONR spokesperson said: “We have determined that GE Healthcare Ltd, as an employer, is contravening the below legal requirements with regard to the training of persons involved in the carriage of dangerous goods.

“We will engage with GE Healthcare Ltd during the period of the Improvement Notice to ensure adequate progress is made to address the shortfalls.”

The company must ensure duty freight officers are appropriately trained and the Improvement Notice is complied with by September 30, 2022.

A spokesperson for GE Heathcare told MyLocalNews: “Safety is our first priority and our distribution teams have already undertaken additional training. We are reviewing any further requirements and are in regular contact with the Office of Nuclear Regulation to update them on progress.”

Photo Credit Krzysztof Kwietniewski

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