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ME 02a Environmental Surveys
ME 02b Environmental Surveys

Environmental Surveys

Radiation Professionals offers complete radiological survey and assessment services. We cover all areas including environmental baselines, occupational exposure levels and incident monitoring. Radiation Professionals offer complete support for your radiation monitoring requirements. This includes gamma surveys, airborne radionuclides (dust and gas), radionuclides in water, surface contamination and biota/reference person’s assessment. The process includes determining your monitoring requirements, design of the monitoring plan and then assistance with implementation or carrying out the complete baseline monitoring program. We then aid with your reporting to regulators and assistance with ongoing monitoring of projects.

Any project and operation has a lifecycle that can be divided into various life stages. When you are planning a new project or operation on a site one of the most important things would be your baseline survey. This survey will give you a qualitative and quantitative dataset of the conditions of the site prior to turning any soil.

The major phases of any project include the initiation, design, build, commissioning, operation, decommissioning and rehabilitation of the site. During all these phases the data that is collected during regular surveys form the basis for the exposure profile of the site for the following phase.

It provides very important information on the expected doses that workers and the public might be exposed to and informs the optimisation choices and monitoring regimes that will be needed in the following phase. All this information is crucial inputs to the Radiation Management Plan and Approvals you will need from the Regulators.

The purpose of a survey is two-fold. It tells you what the current radiological profile of an area is and informs you of any specific parameter that may need attention. Besides doing surveys in the case of incidents as part of the clean-up and rehabilitation efforts, they should form part of normal operation. In a well-informed work force all workers should understand how to use and interpret a simple radiation and contamination monitor. They should also know how to react on the results and how to check if their work area is safe.

Surveys should be done on regular intervals, depending on the type of operation. In areas where the radiological profile is relatively stable and no direct interaction with radiological material is done on a regular basis, longer periods in between surveys are sufficient. These may be such as in storage facilities which contain inactive or long lived materials that are not moved around or interfered with regularly. Such facilities may only need quarterly inspections and surveys.