In-Place Filter Testing Workshop

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The labs, with their hands-on experience, were what make the program the best learning experience I have ever had in continuing education. The labs brought to life the principles that we were taught.
  • —Judith L. Healy
  • Industrial Hygienist, Department of Defense

Program Overview

This hands-on 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 hands-on 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.

Hands-on Laboratory Sessions

Participants benefit from interactive laboratory sessions in which they apply the theories learned in class, gain experience operating a variety of testing equipment, and participate in small group discussions focusing on 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 hands-on interactive laboratory exercises and discuss issues during laboratory breakout groups with peers facing similar challenges.

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
  • Hands-on laboratory sessions

Special Features

  • Apply theory in interactive laboratory exercises
  • Discuss issues during laboratory breakout groups
  • Operate a variety of testing equipment

Credits and Logistics

Please note: A laptop or other portable personal computing device is strongly recommended for course enrollees.

Accommodations

Program Check-in

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
FXB Building
651 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
617.432.2100

The program takes place at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, located in the heart of the Harvard Longwood Campus in Boston. Public transportation is also readily available to the city’s many shopping districts, museums, and restaurants.

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Continuing Education Credit

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

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

Industry:

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