Caithness Map :: Links to Site Map Great value Unlimited Broadband from an award winning provider  

 

Airline Suit Work Restarts In Redundant Laboratories At Dounreay

4th June 2021

Photograph of Airline Suit Work Restarts In Redundant Laboratories At Dounreay

Airline suit work has restarted at Dounreay after more than a year's delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wearing an airline suit is cumbersome and the wearer needs to be dressed and undressed by a dedicated team of helpers who then provide support throughout the task. Work was put on hold in March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in social distancing being introduced, and the safety of Dounreay's workforce became of paramount importance. Now, as restrictions are being lifted, the site is able to restart projects where hazardous conditions require the wearing of airline suits.

The team that has been decommissioning the redundant low level effluent treatment plant is supporting the refresher training of their colleagues. Project Manager Mick O’Donnell said:

They are supporting the practical airline suit training by running through the physical training, including the use of tools, to simulate the arduous working conditions that you would have when doing physical work in an airline suit.

Project Manager Jason Simpson’s team is decommissioning the redundant laboratories in the Fuel Cycle Area (FCA). Much of the work is carried out in airline suits due to the radiological hazards in the cluster of 40 cells designed to analyse and test materials used in reactors and reprocessing plants.

Jason explained that before the work restarted, the team went through the airline suit refresher training and procedures were updated to take account of the changed conditions caused by the COVID-19 virus. He added:We are grateful for the help of other departments, who delivered the refresher training and revisited the safe systems of work to ensure all safety aspects of the work had been considered.

The latest laboratory to be cleaned up is Lab 103. Although it is one of the smaller laboratories, the operators still size reduced and removed over 40 bins (approximately 8 tonnes) of waste and redundant equipment from the laboratory.

Becky Ruddy, Head of FCA Decommissioning, said of the teams recent return to airline suit work:Jason, Mick and the wider teams have worked extremely hard to develop a safe way of working which incorporates COVID-19 requirements as well as all the other requirements we need to consider as part of any decommissioning project on a daily basis.

This hard work and determination has enabled us to resume progress against our company mission of working together to responsibly deliver the Dounreay programme efficiently and effectively. Well done and thanks to everyone involved.

 

Related Businesses

 

Related Articles

Measuring The Unmeasurable: Research Paper Could Help Dounreay Clean Up Plutonium LegacyThumbnail for article : Measuring The Unmeasurable: Research Paper Could Help Dounreay Clean Up Plutonium Legacy
Ground-breaking research published in Nature Communications shows that traces of plutonium in the environment can be identified as being from global or local sources.   Using soil samples taken from Dounreay, an area near to the site and 2 areas at a distance from the site, the research showed that it was possible to identify whether minute traces of plutonium in the soil came from plutonium ‘bred' in a reactor or from global fallout.  
Consolidation Of Spent Fuel And Nuclear Materials - Dounreay And Other SitesThumbnail for article : Consolidation Of Spent Fuel And Nuclear Materials - Dounreay And Other Sites
Statement issue18 March 2021 by NDA, Dounreay and Sellafield.   In 2013 we concluded the development of our strategy to remove unirradiated nuclear material from Dounreay and consolidate it at Sellafield.  
Design Contract Awarded For Dounreay Shaft And Silo WorkThumbnail for article : Design Contract Awarded For Dounreay Shaft And Silo Work
Dounreay has awarded an important waste clean-up contract to Jacobs as the site plans for the future of its deepest historic radioactive waste store.   Jacobs and its supporting partners have been awarded a 6-year contract to provide a design management team to produce a fully integrated design for the shaft and silo project.  
NDA Innovation Competition Winners Have Been Announced - £3.9 MillionThumbnail for article : NDA Innovation Competition Winners Have Been Announced - £3.9 Million
14 successful companies have been awarded contracts to come up with innovative approaches to remotely sort and segregate radioactive waste.   The ‘Sort and Seg' innovation competition, worth £3.9 million in total, was launched in July 2020.  
NDA Appoints Lawrie Haynes As New Chair Designate For DounreayThumbnail for article : NDA Appoints Lawrie Haynes As New Chair Designate For Dounreay
David Peattie, Chief Executive Officer of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, has announced the appointment of Lawrie Haynes as Chair Designate of Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd.  (DSRL).  
Odds Are On The Monte Carlo System - DounreayThumbnail for article : Odds Are On The Monte Carlo System - Dounreay
Dounreay features in a new leaflet from the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency showing recent research, development and innovation.  See the leaflet link at the bottom of this page to read about some of the other investments by the NDA.  
£12m UK-Japan Robotics Deal For Fusion Energy And Nuclear Decommissioning ResearchThumbnail for article : £12m UK-Japan Robotics Deal For Fusion Energy And Nuclear Decommissioning Research
UK-Japan relationship in nuclear science boosted by robotics and automation.   Britain and Japan have signed a research and technology deployment collaboration to help automate nuclear decommissioning and aspects of fusion energy production.  
Nuclear Decommissioning Agency Update - New Transport and Waste DivisionsThumbnail for article : Nuclear Decommissioning Agency Update - New Transport and Waste Divisions
Issued by David Peattie, Group CEO and Accounting Officer, NDA.   I am pleased to be able to share with you some significant developments within the NDA around our transport and waste businesses, further underlining our One NDA approach to working more collaboratively and efficiently to clean up the UK's earliest civil nuclear sites.  
Multi-million Design Contract Secured For Dounreay Waste Repackaging FacilityThumbnail for article : Multi-million Design Contract Secured For Dounreay Waste Repackaging Facility
The Decommissioning Services Framework (DDF) Alliance, led by Cavendish Nuclear and supported by KDC Contractors (Veolia) and BAM Nuttall (BAM), has been successfully awarded a contract for the design of a new waste repackaging facility at the Dounreay nuclear site.   The programme of work is expected to run until early 2022 and forms part of Dounreay Site Restoration Limited's (DSRL's) Decommissioning Services Framework.  
Mark Rouse appointed as Managing Director of DounreayThumbnail for article : Mark Rouse appointed as Managing Director of Dounreay
Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL) has announced the appointment of Mark Rouse as its Managing Director.   Mark took up the position of Managing Director in March 2020 but will now move from the current parent body organisation to Dounreay Site Restoration Limited to continue leading the business when it becomes an NDA subsidiary on 1 April 2021.