2011

Quick and Easy Way to Identify Beryllium Contamination and Assess its General Level

A company seeks a simple, real-time way to identify that a plant area is clear of beryllium contamination and, if it is not, to obtain a general assessment of the level of contamination that may be present without having to send swabs to a laboratory for testing. The method must be suitable for a production environ- ment and used by non-laboratory personnel. Calibration of the detection methodology must meet lab calibration. The applied method must have minimum detection limit below the current DOE action limit of 0.2 micrograms-per-100 cm2, and measure- ment uncertainty within ±25% at action limit.

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