ASTM E1167 - 15

    Standard Guide for Radiation Protection Program for Decommissioning Operations

    Active Standard ASTM E1167 | Developed by Subcommittee: E10.03

    Book of Standards Volume: 12.02


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 A program based on this guide will provide assurance to all concerned that the appropriate elements of radiation safety have been included to protect workers, the general public, and the environment in proximity to the decommissioning activities.

    4.2 Implementation of such a program will provide assurance to those agencies responsible for review or audit of the decommissioning project that the requirements for radiation protection have been addressed.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide provides instruction to the individual charged with the responsibility for developing and implementing the radiation protection program for decommissioning operations.

    1.2 This guide provides a basis for the user to develop radiation protection program documentation that will support both the radiological engineering and radiation safety aspects of the decommissioning project.

    1.3 This guide presents a description of those elements that should be addressed in a specific radiation protection plan for each decommissioning project. The plan would, in turn, form the basis for development of the implementation procedures that execute the intent of the plan.

    1.4 This guide applies to the development of radiation protection programs established to control exposures to radiation and radioactive materials associated with the decommissioning of nuclear facilities. The intent of this guide is to supplement existing radiation protection programs as they may pertain to decommissioning workers, members of the general public and the environment by describing the basic elements of a radiation protection program for decommissioning operations.

    1.5 This guide defines the elements of a radiation protection program that will ensure that the goals and objectives of a decommissioning activity are attained within the radiological limits and restrictions imposed by applicable governing and regulating agencies. The implementation of such a program will provide radiological protection to personnel and the environment. This guide should be used for developing the documentation that defines the intent and implementation of the radiation protection program for a specific decommissioning project.

    1.6 The Radiation Protection Program should address the following elements (see Note 1). This program shall be developed and maintained such that it satisfies all applicable Quality Assurance requirements developed for the decommissioning project.

    Note 1: If the site to be decommissioned is adjacent to an operating site, the radiological impact of the operating site must be considered in the development of the Radiation Protection Program for the decommissioning site.

    1.7 This guide does not address the subjects of emergency preparedness, safeguards, accountability, waste handling, storage, and transportation. Each of these issues has a direct interface with the radiation protection program. However, each constitutes a program in and of itself from program definition through implementation.

    1.8 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish 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.

    DOE Document

    DOE/EV/1830-T5 Guide to Reducing Radiation Exposure to as Low as Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) Available from Department of Energy, National Technical Information Service, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Springfield, VA 22161.

    DOE/IG G-10CFR835/E1 Implementation Guide, Instrument Calibration for Portable Survey Instruments

    DOE Standard 1070-94 Guidelines for Evaluation of Nuclear Facility Training Programs

    NRC Documents

    USNRC Regulatory Gui Acceptable Programs for Respiratory Protection

    USNRC Regulatory Gui Information Relevant to Insuring that Occupational Radiation Exposure at Nuclear Power Stations will be as Low as is Reasonably Achievable Available from Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Public Document Room, 1717 H St. NW, Washington, DC 20555.

    USNRC Regulatory Gui Instruction Concerning Prenatal Radiation Exposure

    USNRC Regulatory Gui Instruction Concerning Risk from Occupational Radiation Exposure

    USNRC Regulatory Gui Operating Philosophy for Maintaining Occupational Radiation Exposures as Low as Reasonably Achievable

    USEPA Document

    U.S. Environmental P Environmental Radioactivity Surveillance Guide, ORP/SID 72-2 Available from Office of Radiation Programs, 401 M St., SW, Washington, DC 20460.

    ASTM Standards

    E181 Test Methods for Detector Calibration and Analysis of Radionuclides

    E1134 Specification for Source-Separated Steel Cans

    E1168 Guide for Radiological Protection Training for Nuclear Facility Workers

    E1893 Guide for Selection and Use of Portable Radiological Survey Instruments for Performing In Situ Radiological Assessments to Support Unrestricted Release from Further Regulatory Controls

    ICRP Document

    ICRP Publication 43 Principles of Monitoring for the Radiation Protection of the Public; Annals of the ICRP Volume 15/1, December 1984 Available from Comitato Nazionale Per LEnergia Nucleare, Rome, Italy.

    ANSI Standards

    ANSI N13.6 Practice for Occupational Radiation Exposure Records System Available from American National Standards Institute (ANSI), 25 W. 43rd St., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10036, http://www.ansi.org.

    ANSI N323AB American National Standard for Radiation Protection Instrumentation Test and Calibration, Portable Survey Instruments


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.280 (Radiation protection); 27.120.10 (Reactor engineering)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 26142100(Nuclear reactor equipment)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/E1167-15

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    Citation Format

    ASTM E1167-15, Standard Guide for Radiation Protection Program for Decommissioning Operations, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2015, www.astm.org

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