At POIRIERCASTRO HSE, we take your health and safety very seriously and offer the most comprehensive services in the industry.
By increasing awareness of hazards, we can educate our clients about what to look for in order to reduce and prevent environmental illness. Otherwise, conditions will continue to develop or go unnoticed until it is too late.
Until recently, many were unaware of naturally occurring radioactive material known as NORM, which contain potassium, as well as uranium and thorium which release radium and radon gas when they begin to decay.
NORM is often found in its natural state in rocks or sand. It can be associated with oil and gas production residue such as mineral scale in pipes, sludge and contaminated equipment. It may be found in coal ash produced from burning coal for energy production, and on filter media from municipal drinking water treatment equipment. Consumer products may also contain NORM such as brick and cement blocks, granite counter tops glazed tiles, phosphate fertilizers and tobacco products.
In addition to NORM, there may also be other sources of man-made radioactive material in the workplace that may pose a hazard. Radioisotopes are commonly used by manufacturers as tracers to monitor fluid flow and filtration, detect leaks, and gauge engine wear and corrosion of processing equipment. Radioactive materials are also found in industrial gauges and equipment to inspect metal parts and the integrity of welds across many industries.
The Canadian Guidelines for the Management of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials was developed by the federal government to create standards and ensure appropriate control over NORM. There is also a specific section of the Occupational Health and Safety Code dedicated to radiation exposure. In Alberta, this can be referenced in the Alberta OH&S Code Part 20, section 291.
RADIATION & NORM TESTING is conducted by an Industrial Hygienist using a Geiger-Mueller Counter or radiation detector. Background radiation is sampled along with radiation from the isotope source.
Work processes are examined along with the duration of work to determine the radiation dose of workers, and safe exposure limits.
Industrial at greatest risk of radiation exposure include, but are not limited to the following:
- Oil and Gas Production
- Phosphate Fertilizer Production
- Thermal Energy Production
- Mineral Extraction and Processing
- Tunnelling and Underground Workings
- Metal Recycling
- Waste Management
- Water Treatment
- Non Destructive Testing
- Nuclear Medicine
- Law Enforcement
- Nuclear Power Production
For more information regarding NORM or radiation surveys and testing, please call 1-587-597-8378. We are available 24/7 to assist you!
Occupational Health and Safety Code 2009 https://open.alberta.ca/dataset/757fed78-8793-40bb-a920-6f000853172b/resource/739da922-8abd-43ec-9e62-2cfeafe3944e/download/4403880-part-20-radiation-exposure.pdf
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission https://nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/resources/fact-sheets/naturally-occurring-radioactive-material.cfm