Daniel Sprau

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Compaction has been suggested as an interim processing method for infectious waste. Compaction greatly reduces the volume of waste at the site of generation and produces a more stable package for handling, shipment, and treatment. Preliminary studies have also indicated that when partially compacted waste is burned in an incinerator, the performance of the(More)
Descriptions of the physical characteristics and radioactive contents of waste generated by a large university/hospital complex were recorded in a computerized data base for 1 y. The data were summarized to create a waste stream profile so that major waste sources could be identified and minimization efforts quantified. The resultant profile provides a(More)
This paper compares the performance of two methodologies, oxidation and gel suspension, for measuring the 3H and 14C specific activity in incinerator ash and lime. The two methods were judged on the basis of the count time needed to achieve a specified minimum detectable concentration. Both methods involve pretreatment of the sample matrix followed by(More)
Experience gained from involvement in a number of emergency response activities since September 2001 in Texas indicated that the likely roles of statewide medical reserve corps units typically included aspects such as crowd control, registration and tracking, and information management. The need for training specifically focused on these likely roles became(More)
Routine radiation safety surveys are a required part of every institutional radiation protection program. Although mandated by regulation, surveys are really performed to help clinicians and researchers establish and maintain radiologically-safe working and learning environments. In some cases, however, the priorities established by a radiation protection(More)
Experience gained during a field training exercise with a Medical Reserve Corps unit on the screening of large groups of individuals for possible contamination with radioactive material revealed that while exercise participants were generally attentive to the proper use of protective equipment and detectors, they tended to overlook important basic risk(More)
To assist in providing comprehensive surveillance for potential health and safety hazards, simple assessments of physical, chemical, and biological safety concerns were incorporated into traditional radiation safety facility surveys for a biomedical research and clinical care facility for a 1-y period. Customized training was provided to radiation safety(More)
Medical students potentially are exposed to numerous occupational hazards. This study examined the training and preventive measures medical schools use to protect the health and safety of students. In late 1990, questionnaires were mailed to the 126 schools in the United States. One hundred (79%) responded, reporting numerous incidents of illness and(More)
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