In-Place Filter Testing Workshop

  • On-Site
  • July 2226, 2024
  • $3,000

Harvard Longwood Campus, Boston, MA

Program Overview

Comprehensive Air Filter Testing Training

This on-campus program prepares participants to test and certify systems containing HEPA filtration and gas adsorption systems for nuclear and non-nuclear applications.

Participants learn the latest regulatory requirements for nuclear air cleaning, develop an understanding of filtration theory, and gain the experience they need to maintain air purity with a comprehensive filter system.

This program offers knowledge and essential training that will provide you with the experience and knowledge you need to meet the daily challenges of working with nuclear technology.

In addition to ventilation, the program also includes wide-ranging nuclear and non-nuclear topics relevant to biotechnology, clean rooms, health care, the military and commercial utilities.

Interactive Laboratory Sessions

You will participate in hands-on laboratory sessions focused on air filter filtration test. The faculty will guide you through the experiments in real time, providing you with unparalleled access to their expertise. Through these lab sessions, you will have the opportunity to apply the theories learned in class, gain experience operating a variety of testing equipment, and discuss the practical challenges and remedies in working with nuclear-filtration systems.

Program Curriculum

This dynamic curriculum is designed to allow participants to practice the knowledge and skills they need to implement, enhance, or certify nuclear air-filtration systems. In addition to presenting theory and frameworks, the program requires that participants apply theories in interactive laboratory exercises, including HEPA filter testing standards, and discuss issues during breakout groups with peers.

Objectives & Highlights

Learning Objectives

  • Test and certify high-efficiency particulate air-filtration and gas-adsorption systems for nuclear and non-nuclear applications
  • Verify airflow in ventilation and air-cleaning systems
  • Demonstrate an understanding of regulations issued by the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the United States Department of Energy pertaining to air- and gas-cleaning activities
  • Operate testing equipment unique to air-cleaning, gas-cleaning, and ventilation systems
  • Discuss how U.S. standards and regulations have become the international standard of excellence, as well as the relationship between the U.S. standards and the safety guides of the International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Explore the implementation of U.S. standards, guides, and codes in other countries

Program Highlights

  • Certification of nuclear and non-nuclear air-cleaning systems
  • U.S. NRC regulatory impact on pressurized water reactor and boiling water reactor power plants
  • U.S. NRC regulations as they pertain to nuclear air- and gas-cleaning systems
  • Nuclear field testing in relation to ASME nuclear standards N-509 and N-510, Regulatory Guide 1.52, and ASME nuclear code AG-1
  • Airflow measurements
  • Air-filtration and adsorption theory
  • Aerosol technology
  • Various facets of ventilation systems
  • Interactive laboratory sessions

Special Features

  • Apply theory in interactive laboratory exercises
  • Discuss issues during breakout groups

Credits and Logistics


July 2024

The Inn at Longwood Medical
342 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
TEL: (617) 731-4700 FAX:
$259/night + 16.45% tax

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Conveniently located in the Longwood Medical Area, a 5 minute walk to the classroom.

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at a reduced rate until June 20, 2024. These rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be advised that hotels in the Boston area can sell out very quickly. We recommend making your hotel reservation as soon as you receive registration and payment confirmation. Please mention group code IPFT2024 and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to receive the special rate.

Continuing Education Credit

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will grant Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this program. Specific credit counts will be published when available; please check back for updated information.

The American Academy of Health Physics will grant Continuing Education Credits for completion of this course.

All credits subject to final agenda.

All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation upon completion of the program.

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The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has an Education and Research Center (ERC) funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).


Current faculty, subject to change.

Ronald R. Bellamy, PhD

Program Director

July 2226, 2024
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

John M. Price, PhD, CIH, CSP

Program Director

July 2226, 2024
Executive and Continuing Professional Education
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Adjunct Faculty
Department of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering
Northeastern University


July 22 – 26, 2024

All Times are Eastern Time (ET).

Monday, July 22, 2024
7:30–8:00 am Check-In and Continental Breakfast
8:00–8:15 am Classroom Technology Orientation
8:15–8:45 am Welcome and Introduction
8:45–10:30 am History of Nuclear Air Cleaning
10:30–10:45 am Refreshment Break
10:45 am–12:15 pm Nuclear Air- and Gas-Cleaning Codes and Standards: N-509, N-510, and ASME AG-1
12:15–1:00 pm Lunch
1:00–2:30 pm Ventilation Systems: Operation and Testing
2:30–3:45 pm Operation, Calibration, and Maintenance of Polydisperse Aerosol Generators and Light-Scattering Photometers
3:45–4:00 pm Refreshment Break
4:00–4:45 pm DOP Generators and Light-Scattering Photometers: Theory
4:45–5:30 pm Reception at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Tuesday, July 23, 2024
7:30–8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00–9:00 am Properties of Aerosols and Filtration Theory
9:00–10:00 am Construction and Qualification of ASME AG-1 Section FC HEPA Filters and Media
10:00–10:15 am Refreshment Break
10:15–11:45 am Air-Velocity and Air-Volume Measuring Instruments
11:45 am–12:00 pm Discussion of Ventilation Laboratory Exercises
12:00–12:45 pm Lunch
12:45–4:00 pm In-House Labs
Wednesday, July 24, 2024
7:30–8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00–9:00 am Clean Room Technology
9:00–10:00 am HVAC Systems: From Design to Commissioning
10:00–10:15 am Refreshment Break
10:15–11:15 am Performance of Prefilters, Mist Eliminators and Industrial Air Cleaning Systems
11:15–11:30 am Discussion of Filter Testing Instrument Laboratory Exercises
11:30 am–12:15 pm Lunch
12:15–3:30 pm In-House Labs
Thursday, July 25, 2024
7:30–8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00–9:00 am Applying N-510 Testing Techniques to Portable HEPA Filtration Systems
9:00–9:30 am Travel to MIT for In-Place Filter Testing Lab Session
9:30 am–12:00 pm Tour of MIT Reactor
12:00–12:30 pm Transportation back to Harvard
12:30–1:15 pm Lunch
1:15–2:45 pm Gas Adsorption and Adsorbers
2:45–3:00 pm Refreshment Break
3:00–4:15 pm Performance of HEPA Filters Under Normal and Upset Conditions
Friday, July 26, 2024
7:30–8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00–9:30 am Air Cleaning Research Review
9:30–9:45 am Refreshment Break
9:45 am–12:00 pm Nuclear Air and Gas Cleaning Regulatory Requirements and Lessons Learned
12:00–12:30 pm Closing & Boxed Lunch

This agenda is subject to change.

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Who Should Participate

This program is designed for professionals working with air-filtration systems, particularly nuclear air-filtration systems. Participants with the following job functions and industries are expected to participate:

Job Function:

  • Facilities management and maintenance
  • HVAC engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Nuclear engineering
  • Radiation protection and health physics
  • Systems engineering
  • Safety and biosafety


  • Air purification
  • Engineering services
  • Medical, biological, pharmaceutical, or chemical research
  • Other research
  • Power generation
  • Regulatory bodies