Working Safely with Nuclear Gauges (NUREG/BR-0133, Revision 2)

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Date Published: February 1996

Prepared by:
Office of Public Affairs and Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001


This booklet is the result of a cooperative effort between the Office of Public Affairs and the Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, both of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). This document was largely adapted from the Atomic Energy Control Board of Canada publication "Working Safely with Nuclear Gauges."

This publication contains guidelines on the proper handling and use of fixed and portable nuclear gauges, and provides background information about radiation for people who use and work around this equipment. It is intended to provide information to gauge licensees for use in their user training programs. Information may be added or deleted to fit their specific training programs as needed.

Much of this information, particularly that on radiation, is not usually found in the standard operating manuals for nuclear gauges. As a result, you may be unsure about the possible dangers from radiation, and uneasy about using or working near gauges that contain a radioactive source. After reading this booklet, you should be able to work confidently and safely around nuclear gauges.

Remember that this booklet is meant only as a general guide. For step-by-step instructions and complete regulations, it is best to check your operating manual and the license that NRC or the Agreement State issued you for the specific gauge you are using.

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