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Environmental Monitoring for Radioactive Material

Laboratory-oriented training course introduces theories and methods of measuring outdoor radiation levels

Environmental Monitoring course participants collect water sample

Introduction

Monitoring programs for environmental radioactivity have been, or are being, established at many facilities. It is essential to ensure that the appropriate types of samples are collected, that the appropriate measurements are made, that the correct sampling and measurement techniques are employed, and that the best locations for these samples and measurements are selected. To help meet the need for trained personnel in this area, ORAU conducts a five-day training course—Environmental Monitoring. 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 environmental monitoring for radioactivity. Approximately 50% of the time is spent collecting and analyzing samples; the remaining time is devoted to lectures.

Who should attend

This course is for individuals who are designing and/or implementing environmental monitoring programs and have limited practical and/or theoretical experience in this area.

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 INTRODUCTION
9:30 AM RADIONUCLIDE PATHWAYS
11:00 AM BACKGROUND RADIOACTIVITY AND RADIATION
1:00 PM ENVIRONMENTAL SURVEILLANCE (MONITORING) PROGRAMS
2:30 PM ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS (NRC, EPA, DOE)
Tuesday
8:00 AM DIRECT GAMMA MEASUREMENTS (TLDs, PICs, and NaI; Point Measurements and Surface Scans)
9:30 AM ENVIRONMENTAL AIR SAMPLING
12:30 PM Lab: Gamma Measurements
2:30 PM Lab: Air Sampling
Wednesday
8:00 AM SOIL SAMPLING
10:00 AM SEDIMENT SAMPLING
11:00 AM SAMPLING BIOTA AND FOOD PRODUCTS
1:00 PM Lab: Soil Sampling
2:45 PM Lab: Gamma Measurements and Borehole Logging
Thursday
8:00 AM SAMPLE PROCESS
9:00 AM Tour: Radiochemistry Lab
10:00 AM WATER SAMPLING
12:30 PM Lab: Sediment Sampling
2:30 PM Lab: Water Sampling
Friday
8:00 AM DECOMMISSIONING
9:00 AM Demo: Decommissioning Equipment
9:30 AM Lab: Sample Analysis
11:00 AM Electronic Resources
11:30 AM Critique and Summary

For more information or assistance, please contact:

Registrar
ORAU Professional Training Programs
Phone: 865.576.3576
Fax: 865.241.9152

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