Detection of an anomaly while emptying a vacuum cleaner

Incident report

On Wednesday December 19, in a uranium pellet manufacturing workshop, an operator tasked with emptying a vacuum cleaner equipped with weighing scales detected a quantity of material in excess of the authorized threshold.

The analysis of this deviation showed that the weighing scales of the vacuum cleaner had malfunctioned.

As soon as this anomaly was detected, the vacuum cleaner was emptied and repaired.

This event had no impact on personnel or the environment.

FBFC Romans proposed a classification to the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) of level 1 on the INES scale, which is graduated up to 7. 

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