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Radionuclides in Drinking Water

Enhancing Radiological Laboratory Testing for Radionuclides in Drinking Water Training

Welcome to the Drinking Water Academy's Electronic Workshop "Laboratory Analysis of Radionuclides in Water" Each tutorial contains three types of information:

  • A self-paced Flash-based training presentation with exercises and audio narration
  • A text-only transcript of the narration
  • Links to reference materials and additional information sources
Illustration of radioactive decay

"Laboratory Analysis of Radionuclides in Water" is intended for chemists and chemical laboratory managers in state health department laboratories who may be required to analyze water samples for the presence of radionuclide contamination. The training provides users with the information and techniques they need to assist them in obtaining or retaining their EPA certification for laboratories performing drinking water analyses for radionuclides. It also provides an understanding of how and why to analyze water samples for the presence of radionuclides according to the methods specified in the EPA 900 series procedures and EPA's Manual for the Certification of Laboratories Analyzing Drinking Water (EPA 815-R-05-004). The training also provides insight on how to plan, implement, and document appropriate quality control and quality assurance procedures for the analysis of radionuclides in water as specified in the EPA Quality Manual for Environmental Programs.

These presentations provide a quick overview of laboratory methods and regulatory requirements. For more detailed information, users should refer to the "Multi-Agency Radiological Laboratory Analytical Protocols Manual (MARLAP)."

The training materials and presentations are in Adobe Flash Player® and/or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files. (You can download free viewers for these files at http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ Exit EPA Disclaimer and http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep.html Exit EPA Disclaimer, respectively.)

Typical alpha particle spectrum

Module Topics:

  1. Basics of Radioactivity
  2. Sample Preservation, Pretreatment, and Preparation
  3. Principles of Radiochemical Separations
  4. Detection Techniques
  5. EPA Approved Radiochemical Drinking Water Methods
  6. Determination of Measurement Uncertainty for Radiochemical Analysis
  7. Quality Assurance and Quality Control in Radiochemical Analysis

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