Alpha Awareness

This one-day course provides students with an understanding of the hazards associated with alpha-emitting contamination and the concepts of monitoring, controlling, and assessing doses to individuals exposed to alpha contamination.  The following topics are covered in this course:

  • The attributes of alpha emissions and their detection
  • The internal hazards posed by exposure to alpha sources
  • Internal dosimetry process for alpha exposures
  • Instrumentation and processes for detecting, monitoring and evaluating alpha hazards
  • Area classification system and methods for controlling radiological work in areas with high alpha contamination
  • Industry experience and lessons learned from controlling alpha contamination