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Title: Contamination control monitoring at the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Plutonium Facility

Abstract

Plutonium airborne contamination creates a particular hazard because of the possibility of intake by inhalation. To preclude excursions of radioactive materials into the operator’s breathing zone, controls are used to prevent contamination. Measures to control radioactive contamination include eliminating or minimizing the spread of contamination and preventing cross-contamination. Contamination control philosophy at the plutonium facility is conveyed in one simple statement: Detect the contamination closest to the source as possible! Speed and distance when self-monitoring is critical to detecting plutonium contamination. Responding correctly to an alarm or monitor not working properly minimizes the consequences of plutonium contamination. Performing a full body frisking correctly and using the Peerchecking tool also minimize the consequences of plutonium contamination.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1492670
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-18-27118
Journal ID: ISSN 1871-5532
Grant/Contract Number:  
89233218CNA000001
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Chemical Health and Safety
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 25; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 1871-5532
Publisher:
Elsevier
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
98 NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT, SAFEGUARDS, AND PHYSICAL PROTECTION; Plutonium; airborne; contamination; control

Citation Formats

Cournoyer, Michael Edward. Contamination control monitoring at the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Plutonium Facility. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1016/j.jchas.2017.10.008.
Cournoyer, Michael Edward. Contamination control monitoring at the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Plutonium Facility. United States. doi:10.1016/j.jchas.2017.10.008.
Cournoyer, Michael Edward. Thu . "Contamination control monitoring at the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Plutonium Facility". United States. doi:10.1016/j.jchas.2017.10.008. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1492670.
@article{osti_1492670,
title = {Contamination control monitoring at the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Plutonium Facility},
author = {Cournoyer, Michael Edward},
abstractNote = {Plutonium airborne contamination creates a particular hazard because of the possibility of intake by inhalation. To preclude excursions of radioactive materials into the operator’s breathing zone, controls are used to prevent contamination. Measures to control radioactive contamination include eliminating or minimizing the spread of contamination and preventing cross-contamination. Contamination control philosophy at the plutonium facility is conveyed in one simple statement: Detect the contamination closest to the source as possible! Speed and distance when self-monitoring is critical to detecting plutonium contamination. Responding correctly to an alarm or monitor not working properly minimizes the consequences of plutonium contamination. Performing a full body frisking correctly and using the Peerchecking tool also minimize the consequences of plutonium contamination.},
doi = {10.1016/j.jchas.2017.10.008},
journal = {Journal of Chemical Health and Safety},
number = 2,
volume = 25,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {3}
}

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