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« on: Apr 26, 2008, 07:55 »

hey there
not sure if this is the right place to post on this forum but oh well.
just wondering fellas what are your current Life doses for dealing with nuclear? For stuff like going into Vault, Rubber Areas ect.
I'm a ferrely new worker to nuclear industry so im learning ALOT everyday about.  Love it!!
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« Reply #1 on: Apr 26, 2008, 08:39 »

Not sure what you mean by rubber areas?  Are you talking about
respirator required?  same with Vaults?

Most commercial exposure in a BWR is received in the drywell, refuel
floor, or Rx Bldg rooms...such as RWCU or RHR.

In a PWR, it is inside the bioshields (which are called vaults at some
plants) where the primary side of Steam Generators are located along with Reactor cooling pumps, etc.  There is also dose to be had in the reactor cavity, near the Rx Head and in the transfer canal.
Also RHR rooms, Heat exchangers, etc.

All this being said, my personal exposure is 28 REM and change...
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« Reply #2 on: Apr 26, 2008, 09:41 »

hay focus, eye yam tinking yer axing bout hole body dose that has been received in nuke plants as appozed to udder areas of employment, write?  aye gots sum ware round 26 rem.  mosta my dose hast bin received in da power plants, but i got some at different types of sights.  butt, since i don't split hares about were i got da dose, i'm jist lumping it all two gether four ya.
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« Reply #3 on: Apr 26, 2008, 10:40 »

Your dose will be closely linked to the facility and position you have. I received 3.5 R in the Navy in eight years, 31 R in 16 years in commercial power, and 1 R in the last 13 years in DOE (remediation). If you are starting out as a deconer or shielder you can expect to be on the high side for dose as are reactor service technicians. Long ago I met a Westinghouse tech who had a 100 R lifetime dose, that was only ten years of work in the old days with the 5(N-18) dose limit and 3 R a quarter. Vaults? Do you mean Hot Cells? If you are going in for maintenance or clean up I would expect your dose to be on the high side.
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« Reply #4 on: Apr 26, 2008, 12:00 »

I managed to get <2 Rem while in the Navy..... and accumulated about 3 Rem since then...  I know  I glow  but not as brightly as some of you other guys
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« Reply #5 on: Apr 26, 2008, 12:03 »

The vaults are part of the Reactor Building in a CANDU where the hot stuff is around the reactor.

Rubber Area is the Canadian term for Contaminated Area - It is where you have to wear rubber shoe covers and gloves.  A Rubber Change Area is a High Contam. Area.

My life dose is about 12 rem.  That isn't very high compared to some, but I haven't been exposed nearly as much in the last 10 years as before.  I had almost 11 Rem a decade ago.  I got all but half a rem of that in commercial nukes over an eleven year period.  The other half-Rem was from my Navy years.
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« Reply #6 on: Apr 26, 2008, 01:00 »

I've acquired around 2R in 5 years of being in this line of work.  The majority of that picked up in one season when I first started S/Gs
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« Reply #7 on: Apr 26, 2008, 02:38 »

Since 1978, I have about 20 Rem lifetime. Not much the last 10 years.
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« Reply #8 on: Apr 26, 2008, 04:27 »

i see....wow...some of you are pretty high up there...my 53mrem are nothing compare to you guys Smiley

next saturday im going to another plant for water lancing on the boilers and there im probably goingget it good!

just wanted to make it clear.....some of you have 20+R ......have you ever notice any health problems?   hair lose? teeth are loose? ect.
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« Reply #9 on: Apr 26, 2008, 05:23 »

i see....wow...some of you are pretty high up there...my 53mrem are nothing compare to you guys Smiley


just wanted to make it clear.....some of you have 20+R ......have you ever notice any health problems?   hair lose? teeth are loose? ect.


I have about 14R lifetime over about 18 years. started as a deconner in 1990 now working as a reactor service technician. now to answer your question about losing our hair and teeth....

I think that one falls under " Old age " since alot of us are not in our twenties anymore !!
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« Reply #10 on: Apr 26, 2008, 08:17 »

^5 Viking fan I quit counting after 30 years of age I was already close to 30 rem. But the last 10 years just under 4..
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« Reply #11 on: Apr 26, 2008, 08:49 »

Hmmm, about 1.4 Rem. About 600 MR in the Navy, 800 MR commercial, mostly as an NLO 16 years ago.

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« Reply #12 on: Apr 26, 2008, 09:39 »

about 20 Rem lifetime. Most from HBR in the early eighties with S/G work as an HP.
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« Reply #13 on: Apr 26, 2008, 10:37 »

i see....wow...some of you are pretty high up there...my 53mrem are nothing compare to you guys Smiley

next saturday im going to another plant for water lancing on the boilers and there im probably goingget it good!

just wanted to make it clear.....some of you have 20+R ......have you ever notice any health problems?   hair lose? teeth are loose? ect.


hellth problems?  wail, my loose morals bin tightening up........................
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« Reply #14 on: Apr 26, 2008, 11:14 »

hellth problems?  wail, my loose morals bin tightening up........................


The dose equivalent of Beer Goggles perhumps?

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« Reply #15 on: Apr 27, 2008, 03:32 »

about 14 rem over 25 years.

I've still got my hair but both of my children were born naked and didn't have hair or teeth
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« Reply #16 on: Apr 27, 2008, 07:21 »

Oh a little over 20 Rem since 82'.  1250 mRem during the Navy and the rest commercial.

just wanted to make it clear.....some of you have 20+R ......have you ever notice any health problems?   hair lose? teeth are loose? ect.

Nah, hair what hair?  No teeth loose, polydent holds just great  Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: Apr 27, 2008, 08:32 »

Didn't we used to have a poll along this vein?  I can't find it now...maybe one of the gurus could turn this into a poll?
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« Reply #18 on: Apr 27, 2008, 08:56 »

Got 20 REM from 1974 to 1989, just over 3 since then. Got just over 6 REM in one year (1978) between Indian Point 2 and Pilgrim.

Got all my hair and teeth although it is starting to affect my hair color...
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« Reply #19 on: Apr 28, 2008, 06:24 »

16 Rem since 1974, most at ChemNuclear, the last few mRem at SRS since 1991.
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Nah, hair what hair?  No teeth loose, polydent holds just great  Smiley

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« Reply #20 on: Apr 29, 2008, 06:18 »

30+ REM...about 12R in 2.5 years at HBR, another 10R in the five years that followed on the road. Another 10R in the 10 years that followed that partially on the road. and <1R in the past 12 years staying put. Something to be said for staying put! Although I don't think any site will ramp you up like the HBR's of yesteryear. They had a four R/yr limit and you couldn't leave until you were done, if there was anything left in December they would catch you up.
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« Reply #21 on: Apr 29, 2008, 09:30 »

Just over 30 REM, most of it came early at TMI, Trojan,
etc....
Got an old friend John D. (Duke) work for Westinghouse
who has over 100 REM lifetime, he's semi-retired now
and just helps with refuel stuff.  Sill has all his hair and
the teeth look good LOL...
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« Reply #22 on: May 01, 2008, 06:03 »

well good to know that everyone is staying healthy and in good shape

do any of you have any photos of you working in the reactor building?   i have a couple but i'm not sure if i am aloud to post them on the internet....i should really ask my manager about stuff like that
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« Reply #23 on: May 02, 2008, 07:00 »

 you might try looking in the picture section for what ever site you might be interested in. for instance right now i am working at cooper. if you were to look in the cooper photo section you could find some photos from the last refueling RF23 ).
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« Reply #24 on: May 05, 2008, 03:17 »

Some where around 24 Rem.  A bunch from IP 2 back in the eighties working for Numanco.  I think the only dose I'll be getting for a while is from my TLD going through the X-ray at the airport!
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