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Incidents

Data Entry Guidance

USTUR health physics database

Index

The ‘Incident’ tab serves as an index of possible intake dates by summarizing each radiological incident that the worker was involved in. The ‘Incident’ table provides the researcher with a concise narrative summary that integrates key information from the other health physics data tables. Thus much of the data in the ‘Incident’ table will be duplicated and expanded upon in the Contamination, In Vitro, In Vivo, Air Monitoring, Site Assessments, External, and/or Treatment tables.

Note that all incidents, including those that did not result in an intake, have been recorded in the USTUR database. Thus incidents are possible intakes, not known intakes.

The ‘Incident’ tab serves as an index of possible intake dates by summarizing each radiological incident that the worker was involved in (click image to enlarge).

Field Descriptions

Incident Indicator

The ‘Incident Indicator’ categorizes a possible intake.  When multiple ‘indicators’ were valid, the primary incident indicator was stored in the USTUR database.  The six ‘incident indicators’ utilized in the USTUR database are: high air samples, bioassay, contamination, criticality, fire, wound, and other.

Primary Contaminant

'Primary Contaminant' stores the primary contaminant (radionuclide or type of radiation) or mixture involved in the incident.

Chemical Form

The 'Chemical Form' field specifies the chemical form and or solubility of the contaminant(s).

Start Date/Time

The 'Start Date/Time' stores the incident start time (for high air samples and bioassay 'incident indicators') or the sample period start time (for contamination 'incident indicators').

End Date/Time

The 'End Date/Time' stores the incident end time (for high air samples and bioassay 'incident indicators') or the sample period end time (for contamination, wound, and criticality 'incident indicators').

Exposure Duration

The 'Exposure Duration' stores the length of exposure when it is known (e.g. momentary, <5 minutes, 3 hr).

Location

The 'Location' is the building or area where the incident occurred.

Description

The 'Description' field is a concise narrative summary that highlights key incident information.

Source

'Source' contains the source of incident data – document name and date – in order to expedite access to original hard file documents.

Worksite Code

The 'Worksite Code' is a site-specific alpha numeric code used by the worksite to categorize incidents.

Initials

The 'Initials' field stores the initials of the person who added the incident record to the database.

Entry Date

The 'Entry Date' field stores the date that the incident record was added to the database.

 

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