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Abstract (Con t)
To reduce exposure to hazardous radiation, a drum-out port was
installed in one of our Materials Control and Accountability rooms,
allowing the operator to transfer larger pieces of contaminated
equipment directly into a 55-gallon drum eliminating several smaller
bag-outs that were required to fill the drum. Time and effort was
reduced by 50% because the drum-out port allowed the operators to
process larger contaminated pieces of equipment versus the volume
of smaller items.
Nuclear facilities are continuously moving towards processes that
reduces exposure to the operator in order to implement the As Low
As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) directive. The installation of the
drum-out port provides a reduction in radiation exposure as well as
increased process effectiveness and safeguards, and reducing
additional hazards, such as handling power tools and sharp metal
edges inside gloveboxes.
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Martinez, A. C. (Anthony C.) & Montoya, D. A. (David A.). Installation of a drum-out port in a nuclear facility, article, January 1, 2002; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc935192/m1/3/: accessed January 17, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.