Sealed Radioactive Source Removal & Recycling
Many companies across the world and the rest of the world use radioactive sealed sources for industrial practices. When a radioactive source comes to the end of its recommended working life or the equipment a radioactive source is installed on or in is being decommissioned, the source must be removed safely and responsibly. Paramount offer a turnkey source removal service whereby a source is removed from its installation, packaged for transport in line with the dangerous goods requirements, transported from the installation / sea base to the disposal site for recycling / disposal.
This service takes away the hassle of arranging each individual part of the removal process and gives you peace of mind in knowing your sources have been transferred to another suitably authorised / permitted party, responsibly. If you require this service then please contact us for a quote.
For many facilities, installed shielding is the primary method of restricting exposure to ionising radiation. Traditionally, the integrity of the installed shielding is not tested until the source is ready to be used. However, if the radiation shielding is found to be inadequate or contain weaknesses at this stage, then it is often difficult and very costly to undertake remedial action. We have worked with some of the world’s biggest organisations, and tested facilities intended to house many different types of ionising radiation source, including medical and research linear accelerator bunkers, industrial radiography enclosures, calibration facilities, and laboratories. In addition, we have tested bespoke shielded items of operation equipment such as Hot Cells, shielded glove boxes, shielded work stations and more.
Case Study: Shielding Integrity Testing
The Aurora expert team is involved in the design of the first NHS proton beam therapy facility across the world, providing radiation safety advice to the facility design and construction team. Shielding Design.
The design of radiation shielding and investigations into activation of construction materials, require Aurora’s established and dedicated expertise in Monte Carlo modelling techniques.
Aurora performed a detailed radiation survey using specialist neutron monitoring equipment in all areas adjacent to the facility – including the 3-storey external walls. The survey demonstrated that the shielding met the design specification for the facility.
Remediation Can Be Costly!
To prevent costly remedial action, we provide a shielding testing service prior to the installation of the operational radiation source. We use a variety of test sources, including mobile accelerators, to assess the effectiveness of the installed shielding and compare it to the design requirement.
We can assess shielding from a few mm lead up to 2.0 m of ordinary concrete, testing accessible parts of the facility, not just the parts that can be checked with the operational source.
Testing at an early stage allows any defects that are found to be rectified without incurring costly delays to the project. The Shielding Integrity Testing service gives you the peace of mind you need to progress your build and install radiation sources knowing that the shielding protection will be as expected.
Our Shielding Integrity Testing Service gives you the peace of mind you need to progress your build and install radiation sources knowing that the shielding protection will be as expected.