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Radiation protection & characterisation

The detection of ionising radiation is of essential importance to the culture of nuclear safety.

The detection of ionising radiation is of essential importance to the culture of nuclear safety. It is important for both for the protection of employees and the environment, as well as for determining the correct decontamination or decommissioning techniques and for correctly and safely managing waste.

ECS is responsible for implementing all radiation protection activities at every nuclear site in Belgium on a daily basis. This includes taking various measurements for the release of materials and site measurements, as well as taking control measurements involving transport and waste. The radiation protection division is also responsible for managing and following up activities inside controlled zones concerning risk-related nuclear environments, as well as monitoring conventional safety aspects. We are also responsible for monitoring dosimetry and the ALARA files when executing activities and ensuring access compliance for the various zones on site.

Over the years, ECS has acquired further skills with respect to characterisation. This involves carrying out gamma spectrometric measurements on-site for defining the radioactivity of waste materials and consumables. This is often an essential step that is taken prior to going over to decontamination and/or decommissioning. Together with the client, ECS can look for specific measurement options that meet both the requirements and expectations. Where necessary, and either with or without our partners, we can design additional solutions or make modifications to existing apparatus.