AFCI Glovebox Confinement Leak

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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID


Topics:  Radiation Protection, Laboratory, Glovebox & Containment Systems

Summary: Releases of airborne radioactivity occurred from an Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative glovebox located in the Fuel Manufacturing Facility. The releases occurred during a process used to make new metal alloys for research. The airborne radioactivity was detected on filters from radiological air monitoring equipment, however no surface contamination in the room or equipment was found. Testing and analysis activities later performed on the glovebox successfully identified where the leaks were located so repairs could be made. This article discusses the issues and lessons learned from the event.

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