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Naturally Occuring Radio Active Materials (NORM)

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About the course

The Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) training course is designed to educate employees in the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries concerning the effects and safe work practices that should be used when dealing with NORM and for people who have to deal with Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM) in places such as water and waste treatment facilities, sites which handle oil or gas drilling pipes, natural gas and propane processing facilities, sites which process uranium or radium ore, thorium processing sites, facilities that handle radium illuminated instruments and dials, radon in buildings, and disposal and recycling facilities. The course includes regulatory requirements, fundamentals of radiation safety, radiation detection instrumentation to be used and proper survey techniques.

This practical hands-on type of course will enable you to identify the presence and quantity of NORM, how to evaluate radiation conditions for worker safety, and how to safely handle or dispose of NORM.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the delegates will be able to:

  • Define naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM)
  • Identify the health hazards caused by radiation and implement contamination control, airborne control, work practices and protection plan for workers
  • Use personal protective equipment when working with radioactive materials
  • Demonstrate the required emergency procedures and discuss the issues of radiation
  • Recognize the legal requirements and apply techniques, safety health plans and the standard operating procedures in any industry whose dealing with radioactive materials or with the presence of radiation

Course Outline

Day 1

  • Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM)
  • Radiation
  • NORM Health Hazards
  • Contamination & Contamination Control
  • Airborne Contamination Control
  • NORM Work Practices & Worker Protection Plan
  • Personal Protective Equipment

Day 2

  • NORM Worker Protection Plan
  • Standard Work Procedures
  • Security and Posting
  • Personnel Training
  • Monitoring
  • Ground, Water and Air Contamination

Day 3

  • Emergency Procedures
  • Composition of Atoms and Atomic Structure
  • Radiation and Contamination
  • Radiation Units of Measure
  • Radiation Sources
  • Decontamination

Day 4

  • Biological Effects of Radiation
  • Personnel Protection from Radiation and Contamination
  • Respiratory Protection
  • NORM Survey Instrument Theory
  • The Radiation Survey Officer
  • Survey Documentation

Day 5

  • Legal Requirements and Survey Techniques
  • Handling and Shipping of Hazardous Materials
  • Site Safety and Health Plans
  • Standard Operating Procedures
  • Emergency Procedures, First Aid, and Self-Rescue
  • Truck Driver and Cargo Security

Course Methodology

A variety of methodologies will be used during the course that includes:

  • (30%) Based on Case Studies
  • (30%) Techniques
  • (30%) Role Play
  • (10%) Concepts
  • Pre-test and Post-test
  • Variety of Learning Methods
  • Lectures
  • Case Studies and Self Questionaires
  • Group Work
  • Discussion
  • Presentation

Who should attend

This course is intended for all staff in the oil & gas industries requiring a basic awareness of safety techniques and management including operations engineers, project managers, supervisors, safety representatives and non-safety HSE Professionals.

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