OS 05a Waste Management
OS 05b Waste Management

Waste Management

All radioactive material manufactured, used or stored in any registered premises, must ultimately be disposed of in accordance with radiation regulations and legislation. Before a radioactive material can be disposed of; the waste must be appropriately radiologically characterised, storage arrangements must be in place, a radiation transport option established to the chosen disposal site, and the waste must be disposed of in accordance with state, federal or international regulations.

CHARACTERISATION
Understanding the environment where you plan to develop your operations is essential and they must be conducted in accordance with current radiological legislation.  All sample collections, handling, analysis and reporting of radioactive material, i.e. NORM (Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material) to support the correct characterisation of the waste product, can be undertaken by RadPro personnel to support your informed decisions.

Radioactive material characterisation is key to establishing the requirements for storage, transport and disposal. Detailed characterisation will define not only the activity levels of the radioactive material but also the isotopic inventory, which is essential to conforming with the radiation regulations and legislation for storage, transport and most importantly the chosen disposal route

STORAGE
When NORM is identified as unsealed source or sealed sources are used within your process facility, e.g. fixed radiation gauges, appropriate radiation and contamination controls must be put in place to ensure that they are securely stored and are compliant with radiological regulations and legislation.  RadPro can manage these arrangements on your behalf.

Radioactive material must be stored in accordance with state or territory radiological regulations and legislation. The requirements are regulated by the state or territory regulator, for example the Radiological Council in WA. When a radioactive material is being stored; it must be registered, dose rate limits must not be exceeded, all personnel doses must not exceed legal limits, the storage arrangements must be appropriately signed and radiological inventory declared to the Regulator.

TRANSPORT
All radioactive material must be transported in accordance with international, federal and state/territory regulations. RadPro can ensure that all your regulatory requirements are met and are able to undertake the safe transport of radioactive material on your behalf.

Radiation Professionals provide comprehensive radioactive transport support including:

  • Preparation and review of Radiation management, transport management and security plans
  • Materials packaging
  • Training for licensing purposes
  • Supervised loading and unloading
  • Safety inductions of transport workers
  • Licensed transport supervision
  • Package labelling and vehicle placarding
  • Qualified drivers and suitable transport vehicles
  • Vehicle/package contamination checks
  • Incident response

RadPro can help with the transport of:

  • Fixed Industrial Gauges
  • Radioactive drill cores and samples
  • Industrial sealed sources
  • Bulk radioactive material, e.g. NORM residue
  • Medical sources
  • Bore hole loggers, and much more

DISPOSAL
There are several options available to every operator when it comes to domestic or overseas disposal of radioactive material, from NORM residues to sealed radioactive sources. Western Australia has the only available Intractable Waste Disposal Facility (IWDF) for Class V wastes types in Australia. We have successful disposed of radioactive waste at the IDWF. We have also successfully disposed of NORM residue at a licensed site overseas.  RadPro can provide all the necessary characterisation, conditioning requirements and documentary evidence to allow radioactive substances to be disposed whether domestic or overseas, significantly reducing capital costs for long term storage at operator sites.

Radioactive material characterisation is key to establishing the requirements for the chosen disposal route. Whenever a disposal option is decided upon, a disposal permit must be obtained from the appropriate state, territory, federal or international regulator. Furthermore, for an international disposal, permits will be required for export from Australia and for import into the chosen country for final disposal.