NORM Awareness: Sources and Handling Procedures (Microlearning)


Most of us are exposed to low levels of natural and man-made radiation every day. On an oil and gas site, workers can be exposed to higher levels of naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM). NORM can build up in pipelines and on equipment, and high concentrations can pose a significant health hazard when they aren’t properly managed. NORM can be enhanced by human activity such as oil and gas extraction. This type of NORM is known as technologically enhanced NORM (TENORM), and can increase workers’ potential for exposure. Fortunately, most workers are in little danger when they take the right precautions. Learners who successfully complete this course should be able to recognize NORM sources and handling procedures. This microlearning course covers a small part of a broader topic. For a more complete training experience, see OGS-24.2 NORM Awareness in the Oil and Gas Industry.