Work directly with our specialists to achieve safe, compliant and minimally disruptive irradiator disposal, in compliance with all applicable national and international regulations.
Hospitals and research organisations face significant financial and operational barriers when tasked with the disposal of cell or blood irradiator units. Our radioactive disposal experts work closely with clients in planning, project managing and successfully implementing safe, compliant irradiator removal with minimal disruption on the ground.
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IRRADIATOR Disposal & Recycling
How It Works
Initial Consultancy, Site Survey & Planning
After an initial consultation to establish top level project requirements, a full site survey is carried out. This allows us to establish the irradiator location and plan out potential methodologies and routes for removal. We also discuss how we will minimise impact on users and ensure the removal takes place in the most efficient manner.
Because irradiators are classified as high consequence dangerous goods, safety and security are our primary considerations. We will create, implement and comply with required security plans and where appropriate coordinate with the police, Counter-Terrorism, the Environment Agency and any other interested regulators and stakeholders.
Our qualified technicians remove the shielded housing from the irradiator, with the source(s) contained securely inside.
The shielded source is transferred into an approved Type B transport package, owned by Eckert & Ziegler Environmental Services (EZE), and transported by our technicians directly to our secure facility.
This is As Low as Reasonably Practicable (ALARP) with regards to protection of persons and the environment from the effects of ionising radiation.
Performing the removal in this way also means there is minimal disruption to the work of our customers whilst the responsibility for safe custody and compliant transport is transferred to EZE at the point where the source is removed from site.
Transfer For Recycling/Disposal
The source(s) are transferred to EZE’s purpose-built facility in Europe where Cs-137 and Co-60 irradiators are decommissioned. The sources are removed in the facility hot cells for recycling or re-use.
Where sources cannot be recycled or re-used, they are transferred back to the country of origin for interim storage, pending final disposal, in accordance with internationally recognised arrangements.