Wash. Admin. Code § 246-232-140 - Schedule D

Current through Register Vol. 21-24, December 15, 2021

ACCEPTABLE SURFACE CONTAMINATION LEVELS

NUCLIDES A

AVERAGE B C F

MAXIMUM B D F

REMOVABLE B E F

WIPE LIMITS

U-nat, U-235, U-238, and associated decay products

5,000 dpm/100 cm2

15,000 dpm/100 cm2

1,000 dpm ALPHA/100 cm2

Transuranics, Ra-226, Ra-228, Th-230, Th-228, Pa-231, Ac-227, I-125, I-129

100 dpm/100 cm2

300 dpm/100 cm2

20 dpm/100 cm2

Th-nat, Th-232, Sr-90, Ra-223, Ra-224, U-232, I-126, I-131, I-133

1000 dpm/100 cm2

3000 dpm/100 cm2

200 dpm/100 cm2

Beta-gamma emitters (nuclides with decay modes other than alpha emission or spontaneous fission) except SR-90 and others noted above

5000 dpm/100 cm2

15,000 dpm/100 cm2

1000 dpm /100 cm2

A

Where surface contamination by both alpha- and beta-gamma-emitting nuclides exists, the limits established for alpha-and beta-gamma-emitting nuclides should apply independently.

B

As used in this table, dpm (disintegrations per minute) means the rate of emission by radioactive material as determined by correcting the counts per minute observed by an appropriate detector for background, efficiency, and geometric factors associated with the instrumentation.

C

Measurements of average contaminant should not be averaged over more than 1 square meter. For objects of less surface area, the average should be derived for each such object.

D

The maximum contamination level applies to an area of not more than 100 cm2.

E

The amount of removable radioactive material per 100 cm2 of surface area should be determined by wiping that area with dry filter or soft absorbent paper, applying moderate pressure, and assessing the amount of radioactive material on the wipe with an appropriate instrument of known efficiency. When removable contamination on objects of less surface area is determined, the pertinent levels should be reduced proportionally and the entire surface should be wiped.

F

The average and maximum radiation levels associated with surface contamination resulting from beta-gamma emitters should not exceed 0.2 mrad/hr at 1 cm and 1.0 mrad/hr at 1 cm, respectively, measured through not more than 7 milligrams per square centimeter of total absorber.

Notes

Wash. Admin. Code § 246-232-140

Statutory Authority: RCW 70.98.050 and 70.98.080. 09-06-003, § 246-232-140, filed 2/18/09, effective 3/21/09. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-232-140, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.98.080. 87-01-031 (Order 2450), § 402-19-590, filed 12/11/86; 83-19-050 (Order 2026), § 402-19-590, filed 9/16/83.

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