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Offline Rennhack

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« on: Dec 28, 2003, 05:52 »
Lessons Learned: Characterization

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Re: Lessons Learned: Characterization
« Reply #1 on: Dec 30, 2003, 05:12 »
While reclaiming buried waste drums, found a drum with a bulging top, which later exploded due to hydrogen buildup, in barely safe circumstances.  Not long after, a supervisor, testing to see if the drum gas vent on another bulging drum was working, went and pressed hard on it with his elbow to see if he could move the top.  Said the drum was safe.  SHALL be more careful, from my view.

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Re: Lessons Learned: Characterization
« Reply #2 on: Jan 05, 2004, 06:13 »
You MUST spend the time to properly characterize before D&D (during the planning phases)otherwise you are just asking for trouble and don't even think about contracting the job out till you get a handle on whats there.  Several others have already made that point already here on the LL page already.
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Re: Lessons Learned: Characterization
« Reply #3 on: Jan 05, 2004, 11:35 »
while working behind a scoping survey that was used to characterize a property was economically beneficial to me, i would not recommend that approach to anyone who was attempting to approach a decontamination project.  at least not to people who were intending to use that project as a means of furthering their career.  scoping has it's place, but it is not a characterization and should not be confused with the same.
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