Radioactive material is fairly common in nature, and it is usually harmless in that state. In fact, Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM) exist all around us at harmless doses. However, when NORM becomes concentrated due to human activity, it is called Technologically Enhanced NORM (TENORM), and it is often subject to government regulations.
For example, most all earth moving, mining, and drilling activities involve NORM and the build-up of this material creates TENORM. Many other industries and processes are affected by TENROM as well, such as pulp and paper, phosphate fertilizer production, coal combustion, water and sewage treatment, and the medical industry. It is likely that more industries will be impacted by radiation regulations in the future.
Facilities must be safe and comply with myriad radiation regulations, standards, and practices. This can be a challenging and extremely complicated undertaking. Radiation sources must be monitored and handled properly, something that is best left up to experts.
The ONE Environmental team provides a variety of radiation safety, assessment, monitoring, and compliance services in accordance with NRC, OSHA, EPA, DOT, and applicable state regulations.
ONE Environmental has vast experience providing radiation management services. These include comprehensive radiation survey programs and monitoring and the disposal of construction materials, such as the fire brick used in furnaces and certain types of ceramics, to ensure site compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations while helping to protect workers and the environment.
ONE also provides nuclear gauge services, including required leak tests, shutter tests, and inventory audits for compliance and reporting purposes. The ONE team can facilitate maintenance and service on variety of gauge models, ensuring they meet operational and safety requirements.
For organizations required to monitor their employees’ exposure to radiation, ONE can help establish and implement dosimetry monitoring programs. ONE can also conduct equipment and personnel contamination surveys.
Phase I Environmental Assessments are also part of ONE’s radiation services portfolio, helping organizations confidently evaluate the environmental risk or liability associated with a real estate transaction to avoid costly mistakes.
By offering radiation services backed by years of experience and best practices, ONE Environmental is able to help clients minimize costs, maintain compliance, and maximize safety – bringing peace of mind during increasingly challenging regulatory climates.