Radiological & Environmental Impact Assessment
it is all about the Safety of People and the Environment...
... and how to Mitigate and Manage Risks and Cost.
Every new proton therapy facility requires a radiological or environmental impact assessment. The details are typically spelled out in local regulations. The regulatory bodies may not be specialized in the type of facility you want to build and as a result may have special requirements that are not always written into the regulations. It is therefore very important to start the conversation with the regulatory body early in the project and with a proposal - not with questions.
Every facility is unique in terms of proton therapy vendor's technology, local regulations, treatment delivery mode, clinical workload and other parameters. The radiation shielding design, even if initially proposed by the vendor, needs to be verified if it fits for the specific local requirements.
We provide shielding calculations using either line-of-sight analytical models (for instance according to DIN6875-20, NCRP144, GBZ/T 201.5-2015 or other local standards) or by Monte Carlo simulations.
Access to the radiation areas is a key concern. It must be safe and simple. Only simplicity of the procedures really ensure that nobody will try to bypass them. Meissner Consulting prepares procedures and specifies the access safety system and dose monitoring.
Training plays a key role in personnel safety. The IAEA recommends recurrent training at least once a year and many regulating authorities have made this mandatory.
We provide customized radiation safety training in your facility.
Emissions & Environmental Aspects
Activation by prompt radiation of air, water and soil is a typical concern. An assessment on the impact of the release of any activated material is important not only to convince the regulatory body, but also the neighbors.
As any facility is different, the assessment needs to consider the beam technology, workload, shielding, and ventilation systems of the specific facility.
If monitoring is required, we can also provide cost effective solutions.