Generally there has been a sustained reduction in doses since the mid-1980s, demonstrating the effectiveness of the regulatory system. However, we accept the need for greater efforts in the industrial radiography sector, since there had been no equivalent downward trend in this sector.
We have acted on this evidence and in March 1994 published an information sheet aimed at managers of industrial radiography companies and their clients. This highlighted the risks involved and the importance of adequate control of the work. Your article of 9 May drew on the press release which accompanied it but did not refer to the guidance.
Sustained efforts are needed to achieve a reduction in the doses received by industrial radiographers. But the horrendous case of Mr Neilson is, thankfully, quite exceptional. Our investigations have not enabled us to determine how and when he could have received such a very high exposure to ionising radiation. Sadly, a number of questions remained unanswered.
D. C. T. EVES
Deputy Director General
Health and Safety Executive
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