TRANSPORT OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS BY POST. SUMMARY REPORT OF A SEMINAR ORGANIZED BY THE IAEA IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNIVERSAL POSTAL UNION AND THE INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION ORGANIZATION HELD IN VIENNA, OCTOBER 24-27, 1983
The objective of the seminar was to encourage safe and efficient carriage of radioactive material by post. Adequate, up-to-date regulations for international and domestic shipment of radioactive material by all modes of transport, including by mail, have been published by the IAEA. UPU, ICAO, IATA and other international organizations as well as a majority of the countries of the world have adopted most sections of the Agency's Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material. Although there is an apparent need for shipping radioactive material by mail, some countries allow only domestic shipments and the postal regulations applied in these countries often differ from the international regulations. Only about 25 countries are known to allow international (as well as domestic) shipments. From the discussions and comments at the Seminar, it appears that the option of shipment by post would be advantageous to enhance both the safety and economy of transporting, as well as to increase availability of, radioactive materials. The Agency's Regulations for transport by post as adopted by the UPU and ICAO are considered to provide a high level of safety and ensure a negligible element of risk. A more uniform application of these regulatios within UPU Member States should be encouraged. The competent authority for implementation of the other parts of the Agency's Regulations in each of the Member States should be invited to advise the Postal Administrators and assist in applying the requirements to national as well as international postal shipments.
International Atomic Energy AgencyVienna International Centre, P.O. Box 100
Vienna A-1400, Austria
- Publication Date: 1984-11
- Pagination: 89 p.
- TRT Terms: Hazardous materials; Postal service; Radioactive materials; Regulations; Transportation
- Subject Areas: Law; Planning and Forecasting; Safety and Human Factors; Transportation (General); I72: Traffic and Transport Planning;
- Accession Number: 00457738
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: IAEA-TECDOC-318
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Aug 31 1987 12:00AM