Glovebox is an enclosure designed for handling radioactive material. It is lined with lead to protect users from ionizing radiation when handling radioactive material. Built on the sides of glovebox are openings where gloves are fixed in such a way that a user can place their hands into the gloves and perform various tasks. The viewing window is made of lead glass to provide optimized protection and visibility of the working area.
Decommissioning of Gloveboxes can be challenging as many contain transuranic (TRU) waste or Intermediate Level Waste (ILW) with Plutonium Contaminated Materials (PCM). The cost of TRU or ILW disposal is substantial and usually require dismantling and placement in special containers.
Autofroth foam is used to stabilize Gloveboxes, ventilation ducts, tanks and other process Equipment. When used in Gloveboxes, this structural foam eliminates the need for glovebox surveys, maintenance and negative ventilation. The use of foam in ducts, tanks, and other process equipment stabilizes contamination, reducing the need for engineering controls during size reduction.
This turnkey solution is available to clients that have a need for safer, more efficient, cost effective, compliant and comprehensively managed Glovebox Decommissioning and Disposal process.