Predicting Worker Exposure from a Glovebox Leak

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It is difficult to predict immediate worker radiological consequences from a hypothetical accident. This is recognized in DOE safety analysis guidance and the reason such guidance does not call for quantitative determinations of such consequences. However, it would be useful to at least have a means of systematically and formally quantifying worker dose to be able to identify the relative risks of various processes and to provide an order-of-magnitude impression of absolute consequences. In this report, we present such a means in the form of a simple calculation model that is easily applied and generates reasonable, qualitative dose predictions. The ... continued below

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Jordan, H.; Gordon, D. J.; Whicker, J. J. & Wannigman, D. L. May 1, 2001.

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It is difficult to predict immediate worker radiological consequences from a hypothetical accident. This is recognized in DOE safety analysis guidance and the reason such guidance does not call for quantitative determinations of such consequences. However, it would be useful to at least have a means of systematically and formally quantifying worker dose to be able to identify the relative risks of various processes and to provide an order-of-magnitude impression of absolute consequences. In this report, we present such a means in the form of a simple calculation model that is easily applied and generates reasonable, qualitative dose predictions. The model contains a scaling parameter whose value was deduced from extensive laboratory ventilation flow rate measurements performed at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) over the last several years and from recent indoor radioactive contamination dispersion measurements, also at LANL. Application of the model is illustrated with the aid of two example calculations.

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  • Report No.: LA-13833-MS
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • DOI: 10.2172/781642 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 781642
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc724966

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Jordan, H.; Gordon, D. J.; Whicker, J. J. & Wannigman, D. L. Predicting Worker Exposure from a Glovebox Leak, report, May 1, 2001; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc724966/: accessed October 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.