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Subject: Re: Storage of x-rays
From: "Anglim, Cliff" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Records Management Program <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 16 Oct 2003 16:35:34 -0600
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Donna,

Our experience at Rocky Flats is in line with Richard's experience.  We have retrieved X-Rays stored flat, made in the 1960's, from the FRC and they are still readable with little or no deterioration.  9 months should be no problem with the correct acid free boxes and envelopes.  They should be available from the GSA catalog.

However, the pallet of boxes we just retrieved sitting outside my office has caused me to buy stock in air fresheners.  They are assailing our nostrils with a very pungent vinegar smell.

Clifford M. Anglim
Manager
RFETS Records & Administrative Services


        -----Original Message-----
        From:   Smith, Richard E [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
        Sent:   Thursday, October 16, 2003 8:15 AM
        To:     [log in to unmask]
        Subject:             Re: Storage of x-rays

        Donna, we have stored medical X-rays for well over 18 years in acid free envelopes and acid free boxes made for X-Rays. As your probably well aware a bunch of X-rays are very heavy. Specially designed boxes for X-Ray storage prevent the box from becoming dangerously over packed.

        Although I can't answer your question regarding how quickly you will you have a problem with horizontal vs vertical storage, I can tell you, we have never had a problem with storing X-rays vertically as long as we used the right container.


        -----Original Message-----
        From: Wilson, Donna P (WDP) [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
        Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2003 8:39 AM
        To: [log in to unmask]
        Subject: Storage of x-rays


        Greetings Listserv:

        I have a question regarding the temporary storage of x-rays. We are in the
        process of merging several large collections of x-rays into one common area
        until
        our new NARA approved records storage facility is constructed.  In order to
        reconfigure the space, there is an interest in storing the x-rays flat. NARA
        recommends, as does Kodak, that boxes be stored vertically rather than
        horizontally, because stacking puts pressure on lower ones causing damage.
        Do any of you know of any other
        sources of requirements or information on how long before damage would
        occur? We are looking at about a 9 month time period.

        Thank you in advance for your assistance and hope you have great day,

        Donna P. Wilson
        Analyst, Records/Information Policy & Compliance
        Y-12 National Security Complex
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