Nuclear industry, NORM & Radon - Bertin Instruments

    Nuclear industry, NORM & Radon

    Radon monitoring equipment for Radon risk assessment in NORM and Nuclear industries (mining, nuclear waste disposals, oil and gas industry…).

    In nuclear industry, Radon has to be monitored from the mining activities to nuclear waste disposal, mainly for health physics and quality control purposes.
    Naturally occurring radioactive materials and man-made increased human exposure to ionising radiation due are considered as the acronym “NORM”. Radon is one of its main representatives. Workers in uranium mines are exposed to NORM included in the uranium orebody.

    NORM (including Radon) results also from activities such as burning coal, processing fertilisers, oil and gas production, fracking.
    The major sources of Radon from these industries are:
    – disposal of Norm residues containing Radon releasing material;
    – water and natural gas containing absorbed Radon by passing through Radon prone underground areas;
    – solar heating systems using Radon emitting rocks to store heat;
    – granite rocks;
    – Uranium or phosphate mine tailings.
    NORM residues can be used as building material and so may contribute to the accumulation of Radon in homes.

    AlphaGUARD and AlphaE product range can enhance continuous monitoring systems in work areas by warning of exceeding Radon and can provide useful expertise in Radon characterization of building material.

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