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NORM Management

Safe Management of the Earth’s Hazardous Materials

Tervita is Canada's leading Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (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 while ensuring your company is in compliance with NORM regulations.


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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 random 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 meets client needs for on-site expertise and support with our team of Radiation Safety Officers (RSO). All our personnel are fully trained and capable of sampling, handling, surveying, waste identification, packaging, transporting and disposal of radioactive waste. We ensure your company is in compliance with NORM regulations and devise customized NORM safety training 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 adviser to the many regulatory bodies involved in developing Canada's NORM regulations.

Canada's Only Licensed NORM Facilities

Tervita operates two of the only NORM licensed state-of-the-art facilities in Canada: a salt cavern in Unity, Saskatchewan and landfill in Fort St. John, British Columbia. 

The facilities feature:

  • Pressurized Clean and Dirty Change Rooms for Employee Protection
  • Personal Gamma Radiation Dose Rate Monitoring
  • Work Area Gamma Radiation Dose Rate Monitoring
  • Ground Water Monitoring Wells with Radionuclide Testing
  • Dual HDPE Liners with Leak Detection System for Environmental Protection
  • Radiation Protection Procedures

Decontamination methods include ultra high water pressures up to 40,000PSI, chemical chelants and specialized mechanical decontamination units.

Tervita NORM Management services and facilities are offered in Canada. Please contact us if you have a requirement beyond this geography.

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