Employees were dismantling two transferred legacy assemblies when they noticed a small amount of mercury leaking from both assemblies. Two employees received skin exposure to mercury as a result. The mercury contained in the assemblies was unknown to both the transferring organization and the employees. Institutional processes and the procedure were followed but did not result in identification of the mercury inside the assemblies. These processes assume the transferring organization has appropriate knowledge of the items history and construction, etc. This assumption was not valid for these assemblies and may not be valid for some other legacy items. No one involved with the transfer had direct knowledge of the equipments construction or use. A consensus assumption was made that sampling for radiation and beryllium contamination was sufficient to characterize the equipment and clear the way for its transfer.
Lessons Learned: When items are transferred between owners, the transfer process assumes the donor can provide knowledge of the items history, construction, etc. to the recipient. This assumption may not be valid. A conservative approach and additional evaluations may be necessary before transfer to ensure that all hazards are accounted for and controlled.
You are accessing a U.S. Government information system.
Unauthorized or improper use or access of this system may result in disciplinary action, as well as civil and criminal penalties.
By using this information system, you understand and consent to the following:
You have no reasonable expectation of privacy when you use this information system; this includes any communications or data transiting,
stored on or traveling to or from this information system. At any time, and for any lawful government purpose, the government may monitor,
intercept, search and seize any communication or data transiting, stored on or traveling to or from this information system.
The government may disclose or use any communications or data transiting, stored on or traveling to or from this information system for any lawful government purpose.
Classified or Official Use Only information is not allowed on this website.
Need help? Contact the System Administrator 509-376-4821 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Their hours of operation are 6 AM to 4 PM PT Monday through Thursday.