On July 15, 2018, McMaster University was informed that the outer container of a package containing the medical isotope, Lu-177 for medical use, was found damaged upon arrival at the airport in Australia.

Prior to leaving the MUCF, medical isotopes are securely and safely packaged within multiple layers of containment; the final one being a shipping box.  Packages are closely monitored and inspected before they leave the facility.  In this case, it was this final layer of shipping box which was noted to be damaged.  Australian authorities inspected the package and determined that there was no safety impact associated with the incident.  The package was repacked and sent to the medical facility later that day.

There were no radiological consequences to the public or environment, as a result of this event.  No activity was released from the package.

McMaster University has reported the incident to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and is working with the transportation company to investigate the cause of the damage.

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