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Title: Safety Enhancements for TRU Waste Handling - 12258

Abstract

For years, proper Health Physics practices and 'As Low As Reasonably Achievable' (ALARA) principles have fostered the use of glove boxes or other methods of handling (without direct contact) high activities of radioactive material. The physical limitations of using glove boxes on certain containers have resulted in high-activity wastes being held in storage awaiting a path forward. Highly contaminated glove boxes and other remote handling equipment no longer in use have also been added to the growing list of items held for storage with no efficient method of preparation for proper disposal without creating exposure risks to personnel. This is especially true for wastes containing alpha-emitting radionuclides such as Plutonium and Americium that pose significant health risks to personnel if these Transuranic (TRU) wastes are not controlled effectively. Like any good safety program or root cause investigation PFNW has found that the identification of the cause of a negative change, if stopped, can result in a near miss and lessons learned. If this is done in the world of safety, it is considered a success story and is to be shared with others to protect the workers. PFNW believes that the tools, equipment and resources have improved over the pastmore » number of years but that the use of them has not progressed at the same rate. If we use our tools to timely identify the effect on the work environment and immediately following or possibly even simultaneously identify the cause or some of the causal factors, we may have the ability to continue to work rather than succumb to the start and stop-work mentality trap that is not beneficial in waste minimization, production efficiency or ALARA. (authors)« less

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Perma-Fix Northwest Richland, Inc., Richland, WA 99354 (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
WM Symposia, 1628 E. Southern Avenue, Suite 9-332, Tempe, AZ 85282 (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
22293544
Report Number(s):
INIS-US-14-WM-12258
TRN: US14V1199115068
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: WM2012: Waste Management 2012 conference on improving the future in waste management, Phoenix, AZ (United States), 26 Feb - 1 Mar 2012; Other Information: Country of input: France
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES, AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; 61 RADIATION PROTECTION AND DOSIMETRY; AMERICIUM; CONTAINERS; EFFICIENCY; GLOVEBOXES; HEALTH HAZARDS; HIGH-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTES; PLUTONIUM; RADIATION PROTECTION; RADIOISOTOPES; REMOTE HANDLING EQUIPMENT; SAFETY; TOOLS

Citation Formats

Cannon, Curt N. Safety Enhancements for TRU Waste Handling - 12258. United States: N. p., 2012. Web.
Cannon, Curt N. Safety Enhancements for TRU Waste Handling - 12258. United States.
Cannon, Curt N. Sun . "Safety Enhancements for TRU Waste Handling - 12258". United States.
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