Type: Lessons Learned
Publisher: Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project, Idaho-AMWTP
Published As: Public
AMWTP worked closely with Rich Industries to resolve these concerns. Rich Industries was very responsive to the needs and recommendations identified by AMWTP. Modifications made by Rich Industries increased the reliability of the Level B suits.
In 2013 AMWTP experienced 4 skin contamination events that resulted from work being performed in the Treatment Facility box lines during maintenance and operations entries. In all of these entries contamination was detected on either the inner left and/or right bicep. As a result of these skin contamination events, management called a step back on cell entries until the reason for contamination getting inside the level B suit and transferred to the skin could be identified and corrected. In all four events the workers were of large stature and were performing rigorous tasks inside the box lines that really challenged the performance of the suit.
Lessons Learned: Establish performance test criteria for Level B Suits as part of a quality level program to ensure the safe performance and confidence in the suits for the users.
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