ASTM C852 - 09

    Standard Guide for Design Criteria for Plutonium Gloveboxes

    Active Standard ASTM C852 | Developed by Subcommittee: C26.14

    Book of Standards Volume: 12.01


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    Significance and Use

    The purpose of this guide is to establish criteria for the design of gloveboxes as primary confinement systems to ensure the safety of the workers and the protection of the environment when storing, handling, processing, and disposing of both combustible and non-combustible forms of plutonium. The use of this standard will provide the user with guidance to design a successfully performing glovebox system.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide defines criteria for the design of glovebox systems to be used for the handling of plutonium in any chemical or physical form or isotopic composition or when mixed with other elements or compounds. Not included in the criteria are systems auxiliary to the glovebox systems such as utilities, ventilation, alarm, and waste disposal. Also not addressed are hot cells or open-face hoods. The scope of this guide excludes specific license requirements relating to provisions for criticality prevention, hazards control, safeguards, packaging, and material handling. Observance of this guide does not relieve the user of the obligation to conform to all federal, state, and local regulations for design and construction of glovebox systems.

    1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety problems, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establilsh appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    A193/A193M Specification for Alloy-Steel and Stainless Steel Bolting for High Temperature or High Pressure Service and Other Special Purpose Applications

    A240/A240M Specification for Chromium and Chromium-Nickel Stainless Steel Plate, Sheet, and Strip for Pressure Vessels and for General Applications

    A269 Specification for Seamless and Welded Austenitic Stainless Steel Tubing for General Service

    A312/A312M Specification for Seamless, Welded, and Heavily Cold Worked Austenitic Stainless Steel Pipes

    A376/A376M Specification for Seamless Austenitic Steel Pipe for High-Temperature Central-Station Service

    A480/A480M Specification for General Requirements for Flat-Rolled Stainless and Heat-Resisting Steel Plate, Sheet, and Strip

    A999/A999M Specification for General Requirements for Alloy and Stainless Steel Pipe

    A1016/A1016M Specification for General Requirements for Ferritic Alloy Steel, Austenitic Alloy Steel, and Stainless Steel Tubes

    C859 Terminology Relating to Nuclear Materials

    C1454 Guide for Pyrophoricity/Combustibility Testing in Support of Pyrophoricity Analyses of Metallic Uranium Spent Nuclear Fuel

    F837 Specification for Stainless Steel Socket Head Cap Screws

    Other Standards

    AGS-G005-2003 Standard of Practice for the Specification of Gloves for Gloveboxes


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 27.120.99 (Other standards related to nuclear energy)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 26142310(Glove boxes for radiation protection)


    DOI: 10.1520/C0852-09

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