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Air Sampling for Radioactive Materials

Continuing education course introduces participants to methods of testing air for radionuclides

Air sampling course laboratory activity

Introduction

The use of radioactive materials in industry, research, and medicine has created a need for many facilities to perform routine air sampling in both the workplace and the environment. To help meet the need for trained personnel in this area, ORAU conducts a five-day training course—Air Sampling for Radioactive Materials. The American Academy of Health Physics grants 40 Continuing Education Credits for completion of this course. The American Board of Industrial Hygiene grants 5.0 Certification Maintenance Points to CIHs for completion of this course.

Training dates

Course description

This five-day laboratory-oriented course introduces participants to the basic theories and mechanics of air sampling for radionuclides. Approximately 40% of the time is spent collecting and analyzing air samples; the remaining time is devoted to lectures.

Who should attend

This course is for individuals with limited theoretical background and/or practical work experience who must establish and/or are involved with an air sampling program.

Cost

$1,995 — The tuition includes the full cost of training, books, and instructional materials. Attendees will also receive a free copy of the ORAU Professional Training Programs Electronic Library DVD.

Tentative course schedule

Monday
8:00 AM Welcome, Registration, Orientation and Photo 
9:00 AM AIR SAMPLING INTRODUCTION
10:30 AM AIR SAMPLING METHODS - FILTERS
1:00 PM AIR SAMPLING METHODS - COLLECTING GASES AND VAPORS
2:00 PM AIR SAMPLING METHODS - AIR MOVERS (PUMPS)
3:30 PM REGULATIONS AND STANDARDS FOR AIRBORNE RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS
Tuesday
8:00 AM STACK SAMPLING
9:30 AM AIR SAMPLING CALIBRATION
11:00 AM Lab: Flowmeter Calibration I
Lab/Demo: Critical Flow Orifice
1:00 PM Lab/Demo: Burial Losses
2:30 PM Lab: Stack Sampling
Wednesday
8:00 AM AIR SAMPLING EQUATIONS
9:30 AM AIR SAMPLING IN THE WORKPLACE
10:30 AM ENVIRONMENTAL AIR SAMPLING
12:30 PM Lab: Air Sampling in the Workplace 
2:30 PM Lab: Flowmeter Calibration II
Thursday
8:00 AM Lab: Sample AnaLysis
9:00 AM PARTICLE SIZING
10:30 AM Lab: Environmental Air Sampling
1:30 PM CONTINUOUS AIR MONITORS
2:30 PM Lab: Particle Sizing
Friday
8:00 AM RADON AND ITS DECAY PRODUCTS
9:30 AM Lab/Demo: Airborne Tritium Measurements
10:00 AM Lab: Sample Analysis
11:30 AM Critique and Summary
12:00 PM Lunch (afternoon session optional)
1:00 PM Lab: Radon Daughter Measurements
2:30 PM Lab: Radon Measurements
4:00 PM Adjourn

For more information or assistance, please contact:

Registrar
ORAU Professional Training Programs
Phone: 865.576.3576
Fax: 865.241.9152

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