Los Alamos National Laboratory Radiation Protection Automation System (RPAS)


J. Wenzel, B. Campbell, M. Bayless, J. Salazar


Los Alamos National Laboratory and Gutierrez-Palmenberg, Inc. implemented state-of-the-art radiation safety administration applications with access to Lab-wide Oracle databases called the Radiation Protection Automation System (RPAS). Radiation protection, operational, and management users are networked to a Microsoft Windows 2000 Server using Terminal Services. Design is based on Hazard, Access Control, Routine Monitoring, Posting, and regulatory matrices ensuring RPAS applicability for any radiation safety program. Radiation worker activities are reviewed, approved, and tracked by radiation work permits (RWPs), logbook worksheets, and daily electronic personal dosimeters (EPDs). RPAS administers and maintains the planned work schedules, charge codes, timesheets, controlled areas and postings, routine monitoring instructions and tasks, radiation surveys, survey maps, digital photos, count lab data and dosimeter data. All information can be sorted by time, RCT, worksheet, task type, and location to enable real time as low as reasonably achievable overview, program QA, and reporting. RWP, EPD, ALARA, survey, and administrative screens will be reviewed and discussed during the presentation. Testing and implementation challenges are also summarized.


This abstract was presented at the 34th Annual Midyear Meeting, "Radiation Safety and ALARA Considerations for the 21st Century", Automated Applications Session, 2/4/2001 - 2/7/2001, held in Anaheim, CA.

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