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Whether your project requires the cleanup of a site, a facility or equipment contaminated with nuclear materials, your business needs to be able to rely on a respected, unbiased organization to ensure that remediation plans adequately assess radiological conditions.

ORAU is a leading provider of characterization, final status, and independent verification surveys of environmental cleanup. Our survey experience and expertise ensures high quality, defensible and cost-effective solutions for property release. Our staff of highly-skilled health physicists and radiation safety experts have performed independent environmental assessments and verification for federal and state agencies for more than 35 years, greatly enhancing public trust and instilling confidence in the decontamination and decommissioning of contaminated sites.

We are also nationally recognized for our radiation safety training and offer a full range of health physics capabilities that can help you protect your workers, the public and the environment from potential radiation hazards.

What we do

  • Independent verification
  • Radiological and chemical characterization surveys
  • Decontamination and decommissioning support
  • Health physics and radiation safety training
  • Final status surveys
  • Health physics and radiation safety training
  • Radiological dose modeling and risk assessments
  • Air quality research
  • Health physicist conducting survey on decommissioning project

    Decontamination & Decommissioning

    Our experts customize decontamination and decommissioning surveys to achieve high-quality, defensible data and ensure efficient and cost-effective cleanup. With high quality standards, ORAU survey results instill trust and confidence that public health and safety is protected following your site’s cleanup.

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    Radiological & Chemical Characterization

    ORAU independently develops and implements radiological and chemical characterization survey plans for state and government agencies, as well as private sector organizations. The plans developed ensure the collection and assessment of the appropriate data quantity and quality necessary for confident decision making and controlling project scope uncertainties.

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  • Two health physicists conducting radiological contamination assessment

    Final Status Survey & Property Release

    ORAU provides final status survey services designed to satisfy site-specific data quality and data assessment objectives. Radiological surface scans, measurement and sample data collected by our health physics experts are used to confirm that all release criteria conditions have been satisfied, and that potential risks from residual contamination and small areas of elevated activity are below the derived concentration guideline levels.

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    Independent Environmental Verification

    In our efforts to support customers throughout the decontamination and decommissioning process, ORAU's independent team of health physicists provides assurance that remediation was effective and that all final status survey requirements have been accomplished and documented. The resulting data from verification helps to clearly demonstrate that all property release guidelines and criteria have been satisfied.

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    Radiological Dose & Risk Assessments

    When the safety of your workers and the public is at stake, accurate and reliable health physics expertise is necessary to demonstrate compliance with federal and/or state regulations and guidelines regarding radiological exposure. ORAU’s highly-qualified health physicists perform site-specific radiation dose and risk assessments, using methods consistent with industry standards, to meet these regulatory requirements.

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    Air Quality, Weather, & Climate Research

    As a part of NOAA’s Air Resources Laboratory, ORAU’s atmospheric scientists at ATDD provide engineering expertise on the development and deployment of instrumentation and data analysis for short intensive campaigns to multi-decade, nationwide climate monitoring stations and systems. 

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Radiation safety & health physics training

PTP sealORAU also offers some of the best radiation safety and health physics training available in the United States at our Oak Ridge, Tenn., facility. Whether you are just starting your career in the health physics field and want to learn in a hands-on, classroom environment, or are a seasoned professional who needs a refresher or way to develop new skills, our Professional Training Programs has a course for you!

  • Applied Health Physics Course instructor and students

    Applied Health Physics

    The use of radiation in industry, medicine, and education has created a need for persons trained in the principles of radiation safety and health physics. To meet this need, ORAU conducts a five-week training course—Applied Health Physics. The American Academy of Health Physics grants 40 Continuing Education Credits for completion of this course.

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    Air Sampling for Radioactive Materials

    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.

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  • Environmental Monitoring Course instructor and students in the field

    Environmental Monitoring

    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.

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  • Gamma Spectroscopy Course instructor and students in classroom

    Gamma Spectroscopy

    This five-day, laboratory-oriented course covers the basics of radionuclide identification and quantification by gamma spectroscopy. Approximately 50% of the time will be spent in the laboratory.

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  • Health Physics Statistics Course instructor and students in classroom

    Health Physics Statistics

    This five-day course introduces participants to the use of statistics in operational health physics. The course is divided between lectures and practical laboratory activities designed to reinforce important principles. Core concepts such as probability distributions, descriptive statistics and hypothesis testing are included to support more detailed discussions on uncertainty propagation and statistical tests.

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  • Introduction to Radiation Safety Course student in lab

    Introduction to Radiation Safety

    This five-day lecture/laboratory course is an introduction to the basic science behind radiation safety and to common applications of radiation safety principles. Lectures include a description of common radiation sources, interactions of radiation with matter, biological effects, detection and measurement. Laboratory exercises emphasize radiation detection and measurement techniques using both fixed and portable instrumentation.

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  • Medical Radiation Safety Training Officer Course instructor and students

    Medical Radiation Safety Officer

    This five-day lecture/laboratory course introduces course participants to current issues and technologies in the medical applications of radiation. The issues and technologies are discussed in the context of improving and developing an institution’s radiation safety program.

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    MARSAME

    This four-day training course focuses on the methodology and practical application of the MARSAME standard. This standard supplements the MARSSIM manual that has become the basis for real property final status surveys. The objective of the course is to provide attendees with a solid understanding of the MARSAME standard, practice through exercise and provide practical information related to its implementation.

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  • MARSSIM Training Course instructor in class

    MARSSIM

    This five-day course emphasizes the decision-making processes involved in the design and implementation of a MARSSIM-based decommissioning survey. Topics include an overview of radiological survey types, the data quality objectives process, selection and application of DCGLs, background reference area selection, survey instrument detection sensitivity, area classification, statistical design of surveys, measurement uncertainty and performing statistical tests.

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    Occupational Internal Dosimetry

    This five-day course is designed to provide course participants with a thorough understanding of current methods for determining radiation doses resulting from intakes of radioactive materials by workers. The course covers the basic concepts and principles of internal dose assessments, and describes the ICRP internal dosimetry systems and models currently in use in the United States and internationally.

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    Radiation Safety Officer Training

    This five-day lecture/laboratory course introduces course participants to relevant issues that influence the effectiveness of a radiation safety program. The course emphasizes a variety of administrative and technical issues that a radiation safety officer has to address. An interactive format offers the opportunity for instructor/group discussions to facilitate the learning process.

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  • Worker conducting site characterization survey

    Site Characterization in Support of Decommissioning

    This five-day course emphasizes site evaluation, data planning, survey implementation and tools, data interpretation, and decision-making processes involved in the historical site assessment, scoping survey and characterization survey phases of decommissioning. Topics include: site assessment, surveys for radiological and chemical contaminants, data quality objectives and assessments, safety evaluations, planning and budgeting.

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Contact us

For more information about ORAU's environmental assessment servicescontact Sarah Roberts at 865.241.8893 or sarah.roberts@orau.org.

For more information about contracting with ORAU, contact Kathy Rollow at 865.574.4390 or kathy.rollow@orau.org.