Noise control of radiological monitoring equipment

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Although vacuum pumps on continuous air monitors (CAMs) do not produce noise levels above regulatory limits, engineering controls were used to establish a safer work environment. Operations performed in areas where CAMs are located are highly specialized and require precision work when handling nuclear materials, heavy metals, and inert gases. Traditional methods for controlling noise such as enclosing or isolating the source and the use of personal protection equipment were evaluated. An innovative solution was found by retrofitting CAMs with air powered multistage ejectors pumps. By allowing the air to expand in several chambers to create a vacuum, one can ... continued below

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Rubick, R.D.; Stevens, W.W. & Burke, L.L. December 31, 1998.

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Although vacuum pumps on continuous air monitors (CAMs) do not produce noise levels above regulatory limits, engineering controls were used to establish a safer work environment. Operations performed in areas where CAMs are located are highly specialized and require precision work when handling nuclear materials, heavy metals, and inert gases. Traditional methods for controlling noise such as enclosing or isolating the source and the use of personal protection equipment were evaluated. An innovative solution was found by retrofitting CAMs with air powered multistage ejectors pumps. By allowing the air to expand in several chambers to create a vacuum, one can eliminate the noise hazard altogether. In facilities with adequate pressurized air, use of these improved ejector pumps may be a cost-effective replacement for noisy vacuum pumps. A workplace designed or engineered with noise levels as low as possible or as close to background adds to increased concentration, attention to detail, and increased production.

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INIS; OSTI as DE98050503

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  • 1998 Health Physics Society midyear topical meeting, Mobile, AL (United States), 8-11 Feb 1998

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  • Other: DE98050503
  • Report No.: ANL/RA/CP--94688
  • Report No.: CONF-980203--
  • Grant Number: W-31109-ENG-38
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 563245
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc694139

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Rubick, R.D.; Stevens, W.W. & Burke, L.L. Noise control of radiological monitoring equipment, article, December 31, 1998; Idaho Falls, Idaho. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc694139/: accessed November 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.