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Significance and Use
4.1 The process of selection, training and qualification of personnel involved with NDA measurements is one of the quality assurance elements for an overall quality NDA measurement program.
4.2 This guide describes an approach to selection, qualification, and training of personnel that is to be used in conjunction with other NDA Quality Assurance (QA) program elements. The selection, qualification and training processes can vary and this guide provides one such approach.
4.3 The qualification activities described in this guide assume that NDA personnel are already proficient in general facility operations and safety procedures. The training and activities that developed this proficiency are not covered in this guide.
4.4 This guide describes a basic approach and principles for the qualification of NDA professionals and technical specialists and operators. A different approach may be adopted by the management organization based on its particular organization and facility specifics. However, if a variation of the approach of this guide is applied, the resulting selection, training, and qualification programs must meet the requirements of the facility quality assurance program and should provide all the applicable functions of Section 5.
4.5 This guide may be used as an aid in the preparation of a Training Implementation Plan (TIP) for the Transuranic Waste Characterization Program (TWCP).
4.6 This guide describes education and expertise guidance for NDA auditors due to the importance and complexity of proper oversight of NDA activities.
1.1 This guide contains good practices for the selection, training, qualification, and professional development of personnel performing analysis, calibration, physical measurements, or data review using nondestructive assay equipment, methods, results, or techniques. The guide also covers NDA personnel involved with NDA equipment setup, selection, diagnosis, troubleshooting, or repair. General guidelines for the selection, training, and qualification of NDA auditors are included as well, but at a lower level of detail due to the variability of the personnel’s responsibilities performing this functions. Selection, training, and qualification programs based on this guide are intended to provide assurance that NDA personnel are suitably qualified and experienced personnel (SQEP) to perform their jobs competently. This guide presents a series of options but does not recommend a specific course of action.
This standard guide does not address the qualifications per se of an NDA Manager. However, it is expected that the NDA Manager is familiar with NDA techniques, and can make informed decisions on the acceptability of the assay results. If an NDA Manager does not have adequate technical qualifications in the NDA field, they are recommended to undergo training to gain familiarity in this area.
An NDA Manager with no relevant NDA experience should have access to a Senior NDA Professional who will give guidance for all technical decisions such as applicability and limitation of methods, reasonableness of results, needed upgrades and advantageous development investments.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
C1030 Test Method for Determination of Plutonium Isotopic Composition by Gamma-Ray Spectrometry
C1133 Test Method for Nondestructive Assay of Special Nuclear Material in Low-Density Scrap and Waste by Segmented Passive Gamma-Ray Scanning
C1207 Test Method for Nondestructive Assay of Plutonium in Scrap and Waste by Passive Neutron Coincidence Counting
C1221 Test Method for Nondestructive Analysis of Special Nuclear Materials in Homogeneous Solutions by Gamma-Ray Spectrometry
C1268 Test Method for Quantitative Determination of Americium 241 in Plutonium by Gamma-Ray Spectrometry
C1316 Test Method for Nondestructive Assay of Nuclear Material in Scrap and Waste by Passive-Active Neutron Counting Using 252Cf Shuffler
C1455 Test Method for Nondestructive Assay of Special Nuclear Material Holdup Using Gamma-Ray Spectroscopic Methods
C1458 Test Method for Nondestructive Assay of Plutonium, Tritium and 241Am by Calorimetric Assay
C1493 Test Method for Non-Destructive Assay of Nuclear Material in Waste by Passive and Active Neutron Counting Using a Differential Die-Away System
C1500 Test Method for Nondestructive Assay of Plutonium by Passive Neutron Multiplicity Counting
C1514 Test Method for Measurement of 235U Fraction Using Enrichment Meter Principle
C1592 Guide for Nondestructive Assay Measurements
C1673 Terminology of C26.10 Nondestructive Assay Methods
C1718 Test Method for Nondestructive Assay of Radioactive Material by Tomographic Gamma Scanning
C1726 Guide for Use of Modeling for Passive Gamma Measurements
ICS Number Code 03.100.30 (Management of human resources); 27.120.30 (Fissile materials and nuclear fuel technology)
UNSPSC Code 15131500(Nuclear fuel); 73121614(Non destructive testing service)
ASTM C1490-14, Standard Guide for the Selection, Training and Qualification of Nondestructive Assay (NDA) Personnel, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2014, www.astm.orgBack to Top