Safe Management of Earth’s Hazardous Materials
Naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM) are present in the environment at relatively safe levels, but can often be concentrated as a result of specific industrial processes. For example, NORM may appear during processing of reservoir formation water, concentrate as radon gas within ethane and propane equipment, collect in the form of scale inside process equipment or piping or decay into a solid as a light dust. The possibility of ingestion or inhalation of these substances poses serious health risks for people and the environment, and can create costly liability issues.
That's why natural resource producers – in the oil and gas, fertilizer, power generation, water treatment and mining sectors – must be aware of and prepared to protect their employees, their assets and the public from potentially hazardous exposures to NORM.
In addition, because NORM materials are exempt from Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission governance, NORM materials and employee exposures must adhere to stringent, and often differing, provincial and/or territorial regulations.
Tervita is Canada's leading NORM management services company, providing a full suite of services designed to fully inform, train and protect employees from NORM exposures while ensuring that NORM wastes are safely handled, transported and disposed of. We ensure your company is in compliance with NORM regulations and devise NORM safety training custom-tailored to your operation and specific NORM exposure or waste management challenges.
Tervita created the industry's first NORM awareness training course and has served as an advisor to the many regulatory bodies involved in developing Canada's NORM regulations.