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OWMA develops new standards (March 01, 2004)

The Standards Committee of the Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) is currently developing a new standard for low-level radioactive waste management and also cold stress.The industry standard ...


The Standards Committee of the Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) is currently developing a new standard for low-level radioactive waste management and also cold stress.

The industry standard for the management of low-level radioactive waste is in draft form and addresses a wide range of issues associated with the management of such materials present or likely to be present in the solid waste stream. The standard addresses management approaches at all points in the waste management system including collection, transfer, haulage and disposal. A significant component of the guideline addresses low-level radioactive waste issues associated with U.S. border security and the preferred management approach for waste materials prior to shipment to U.S. disposal destinations.

As a result of the ongoing waste management issues related to U.S. border crossings and the increased interest in the disposal of low-level radioactive waste at Ontario landfills, the OWMA made the completion of the standard a priority. All OWMA members will be provided with a copy for reference and implementation once the standard is finalized and approved.

The OWMA Standards Committee has recently completed a comprehensive cold stress standard for waste management industry worker health and safety. The completed standard is currently awaiting approval by the OWMA Board of Directors and will be available to OWMA members for reference and implementation in the very near future. The cold stress standard is a companion health and safety standard to the existing heat stress standard available at www.owma.org

For more information, call Rob Cook at 905-791-9500 or email rcook@owma.org


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