NORM Surveyor

Prerequisites: This course shall have no formal pre-requisite although it is recommended that the delegate complete a NORM Worker course.

Course Length: 6-8 hours – Course length shall vary depending on the number of delegates. Total course  time includes breaks.

Class Size: The maximum number of delegates that may be trained and tested per instructor shall be  thirty-five (35) in the classroom session and twenty (20) in the practical session. A second instructor shall be added for the practical session once the participation exceeds twenty (20).

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Course Objective

  • Provide delegates assigned to work with or around NORM the necessary skills to safely perform their jobs.
  • Provide delegates with recommended practices and guidelines to perform safely while working with and surveying NORM.
  • Delegates should be able to demonstrate the  necessary skills during practical examination and demonstrate knowledge during written examination.

Course Design

  • Power Point© / Lecture / Audio Video / Visual Aids
  • Practical Exercises

Successful Course Completion

  • Requires a minimum score of 75% or better.
  • Grades shall be calculated by dividing the  number of questions answered correctly by the total number of exam questions.
  • Delegates will have no more than thirty (30) minutes to complete the exam.
  • Successful completion of practical session is mandatory.

Course Content Summary

  • Classroom
  • Practicals

Breaks: 5 to 10 minutes (approximately every hour)

Lunch: 1 Hour

Course Outline
Survey Instruments

  • Basic Radiation Detectors
  • Detector Types
    • Scintillation Detectors
    • Gas Filled Detectors
  • Ludlum (Geiger/Mueller) Meter
  • Meter Attachments
    • Probe Attachment
    • Pancake Attachment
  • Detection Equipment Used at your Facility
  • Calibration Requirements
  • Pre-operational Checks
    • Physical
    • Battery
    • Response to a Source
    • Calibration
  • Operational Check Example

Units of Measure

  • Modifying Units of Measure
    • Milli
    • Micro
    • Nano
    • Pico
  • How we Report
  • Measurement Terms for NORM Detection
    • Roentgen
    • Micro Roentgen
    • Curie
    • Picocurie
    • Micro Roentgen per hour
    • Counts Per Minute (CPM)

NORM Legal Limits

  • Federal NORM Regulations
  • State NORM Regulations
    • Louisiana DEQ
  • Equipment & Tubular Limits
  • NORM Waste Limits
  • NORM Land Limits
  • NORM Wash & Rinse Water Limits

NORM Surveying

  • Radiation Surveys
  • Survey Documentation
  • Radiation Survey Job Classification
  • Radioactive Contamination
    • Loose Contamination
    • Fixed Contamination
  • Survey Map Example
  • Sampling for NORM
    • Soils & Land
    • Liquid & Sludge
  • General Considerations when Performing Radiation Surveys
  • Checking a Person for Radioactive Contamination
  • Frisking Procedures

Signs & Labels

  • NORM Container Markings
  • Postings in NORM Areas
    • Restricted Areas
    • Radiation Areas
    • Stored Material Areas
    • Airborne Radiation Areas
    • High Radiation Areas
  • Establish Safe Work Boundaries

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Discuss Common PPE
    • Gloves
    • Respirators
    • Safety Glasses/Face Shields
    • Coveralls/Disposable Clothing
    • Rubber Boots
    • Hard Hats
  • Discuss Techniques:
    • Proper Fit
    • Condition
    • Nature of Work
    • Donning PPE
    • Removing PPE (Potentially Contaminated)

Practical Session:
Practical training shall utilize a Survey Meter similar to the type the employee will utilize in the field and a response source.
Practical shall verify the following:

  • Select and wear appropriate PPE during practical training
  • Perform proper pre-use physical integrity check of survey meter
  • Perform proper pre-use battery check of survey meter
  • Perform proper pre-use source response check of survey meter
  • Perform proper pre-use calibration check of survey meter
  • Correctly measure and report sample readings
  • Determine background radiation levels
  • Conduct site survey
  • Hold probe ½ inch from surface
  • Move probe 2-3 inches per minute
  • Slowly frisk over potentially contaminated areas
  • Recommend decontamination for contaminated area
  • Draw a map to reflect the completed survey

Training Center Provided Material

  • Course Materials
  • Survey Meter

Delegate Requirements

  • None

Reference Material / Documents
Department of Transportation (DOT)

  • 49 CFR 173 – General Shipping Requirements

Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
Implementation Manual for Management of NORM in Louisiana
Radiation Protection Division

  • Course ID #: MA055


Jun 07 2023


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