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DOUNREAY DELIVERS ANNUAL REPORT ON SAFETY AND
The UK Atomic Energy Authority today delivered its annual report on safety and the environment at Dounreay during 2002/03 to the site's local liaison committee.
Dr Guy Owen, UKAEA's head of safety and environment at Dounreay, said the site continued to be one of the safest industrial workplaces in the UK but insisted there was no room for complacency.
Key points from the report include:
· The average dose received by classified radiation workers was less than 0.1 millisievert (the statutory limit is 20 mSv and natural background radiation is 2.2 mSv).
· The number of lost-time accidents of one day or more reduced to four for UKAEA staff and five for contractor staff.
· The dose to the most exposed member of the public from discharges of radioactivity was very much less than 1 per cent of the authorised limit.
· Independent audit by Det Norsk Veritas reaffirmed the site's strong safety performance at Level Eight on the International Safety Rating System.
· Safety performance awards from the British Safety Council and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.
Dr Owen said: "We attach great importance to protection of the workforce and the environment from the radiological hazards that exist at Dounreay, and this is underlined in our performance during 2002/03.
"We continue to strive to reduce further the few events that we do have at the site and we will continue to be open and honest with our stakeholders in the reporting of these events through the Dounreay Bulletin. Contrary to the impression our critics seek to create in response to our reporting of these events, today's report clearly demonstrates that Dounreay continues to be one of the safest places to work, with minimal impact on the environment."