Theft of a Hand Held X-ray Device

Date released: Aug 29 2014

The EPA was informed last night that an Innov-X hand held X-Ray Fluorescent (XRF) Analyzer was stolen from a van in a hotel car park in Dundalk sometime between the night of Wednesday 27th August and the following morning.  The device, used for analysing the properties of metals, soils, liquids and coatings, was stored in a black case (70 cm x 40 cm x 30 cm).

The device, which requires a security password to be entered before it can be turned on and incorporates a safety interlock, cannot generate any X-rays when it is powered off. However, if the safety features of the device are overridden and the device is used by untrained individuals then there is a risk of exposure to radiation.

Innov-X

If a member of the public comes across the device, or has any information that may lead to its recovery, they are advised not to interfere with it and to immediately contact the Gardai at Dundalk on 042-9388400, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station, or the EPA’s Office of Radiological Protection (01 268 0100).

ENDS

Further information: Niamh Hatchell/ Emily Williamson, EPA Media Relations Office 053-9170770 (24 hours) or media@epa.ie

 

Typical image of stolen device

Note to Editor:
Following the merger between the EPA and the RPII on the 1st of August 2014, the EPA is now responsible for ensuring that the people of Ireland are protected from the harmful effects of radiation. This regulatory function is exercised through the newly established EPA Office of Radiological Protection.