Radiological Training for Tritium Facilities
At the surface contamination levels
in 10 CFR 835 Appendix d, tritium
is difficult to measure directly
because the low-energy beta is
readily absorbed in air and the
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window of the detector. Normal
frisking methods (use of pancake
probe) will not detect tritiated water.
Surfaces are normally wiped
(smeared) with a small paper, either
dry or moistened, which will pick up
loose tritiated material. The wipe is
then normally counted by liquid
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TRITIUM WASTE MINIMIZATION AND HANDLING-
Why is it important and how do you minimize tritium waste?
This material maybe covered in
Radiological Worker I or II
(insert site specific controls)
training. Emphasis should be on
site specific information. It is
Methods below are given as a reference only.
not necessary to repeat
A. Minimizing Tritium-Contaminated Waste
Avoid generating wastes by not bringing
unnecessary material into the controlled area.
Whenever possible, avoid use of porous
materials or those known to be highly
permeable to tritium.
Designate an area to store contaminated tools
for reuse or consider all tools in the area to be