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ORAU lends health physics expertise to the development of industry standards

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Experience matters when it comes to developing the technical standards that will lay the operational groundwork for an entire industry.

Through its expertise in the areas of environmental assessments and health physics, ORAU has worked to gain the trust and confidence of federal agencies for more than 30 years.

Our knowledge and understanding of the process has enabled us to take an instrumental role in the development of new or revising existing standards, including:

We also continue to provide support to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and its regulatory guide update program.

Updating Radiation Survey Instrument Standard to Include New Technologies

Through its expertise in the areas of environmental assessments and health physics, ORAU has provided support to the development of industry standards for more than 30 years. In the late 1990s, the NRC tasked ORAU with supporting the development of a standard for commercially available radiation survey instrumentation. Titled Minimum Detectable Concentrations with Typical Radiation Survey Instruments for Various Field Contaminants and Field Conditions, the document also known as NUREG-1507 filled a need within the decommissioning industry.

Much has changed in the 16 years since NUREG-1507 was originally published. In 2014, a six-member ORAU team was tasked with making extensive updates to the 161-page document, including those accounting for new radiological measurement and data management technologies commonly used during decommissioning projects.

Updates were made using information gathered from new experiment and computer modeling design, data collection activities from various projects and blind survey data from two mock-up environments—a contaminated wall and a contaminated field.