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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Ophthalmic Optics to Waste Radioactivity


In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) publishes snapshots of the diverse standards initiatives undertaken in the global and national standards arena, many of which are performed by ANSI members and ANSI-accredited standards developers. Two of the latest selections follow:

Radioactive materials are used in an increasingly broad spectrum of sectors spanning from manufacturing, hospital research, minerals exploration, and more, so the management of radioactive waste is more essential than ever for public safety. Most facilities that dispose of or utilize waste materials are prohibited from handling waste that contains radioactive materials, which means that special facilities and requirements are needed. It's also important that these facilities are able to verify generator-supplied information that radioactive or mixed wastes have not been included in shipments of waste materials.

ASTM D5928-18, Standard Practice for Screening of Waste for Radioactivity describes screening for ?-, ?-, and ? radiation above ambient background levels or user-defined criteria, or both, in liquid, sludge, or solid waste materials.

The standard was developed by ASTM International, an ANSI member and audited designator.


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