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About Radioanalytical Services

Accreditation

The analyses frequently carried out by Radioanalytical Services and accredited under ISO 17025, by NATA (National Australian Testing Authority) are: gross alpha activity; gross beta activity; potassium-40; radium-226; radium-228; tritium; radon-222 and lead-210 in environmental samples, caesium-134, caesium-137 and ruthenium-103 in food samples, as detailed below.

This facility complies with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025. Our NATA accreditation number is 14442.

Analysis of water, trade wastes, ground waters and other waters as listed below:

Service Product Determinant Technique Procedure
Environment Water*

Alpha activity – Gross

Evaporation-liquid scintillation counting

ARPANSA-SOP-0128

Environment Water*

Beta activity – Gross

Evaporation-liquid scintillation counting

ARPANSA-SOP-0128

Environment Water*

Alpha activity – Gross

Evaporation-gas flow proportional counting ARPANSA-SOP-0194
Environment Water* Beta activity – Gross Evaporation-gas flow proportional counting ARPANSA-SOP-0194
Environment Water* Potassium-40 Atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) ARPANSA-SOP-1221
Environment Water* Lead-210 Liquid scintillation counting ARPANSA-SOP-1190
Environment Water* Radium-226 Liquid scintillation counting ARPANSA-SOP-1190
Environment Water* Radium-228 High resolution gamma spectrometry ARPANSA-SOP-1190​​​​​​​
Environment Water* Radon-222 Liquid scintillation counting ARPANSA-SOP-1192​​​​​​​
Environment Water* Tritium Liquid scintillation counting ARPANSA-SOP-0979​​​​​​​
Food and Beverages Foods Caesium-134, Caesium-137 and Ruthenium-103 High resolution gamma spectrometry ARPANSA-SOP-1184​​​​​​​

*Water includes: bore waters, drain waters, fresh waters, ground waters, irrigation and stock waters, liquid wastes, recycled waters, trade wastes and waste waters

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Major equipment

  • Thirty six Canberra high resolution alpha spectrometer measurement chambers
  • Two Canberra Tennelec 5XLB gas flow proportional counters
  • Quantulus liquid scintillation counter
  • Hidex liquid scintillation counter
  • Six high resolution gamma-ray spectrometers (20 – 54% relative efficiencies)
  • Varian SpectrAA 55B atomic absorption spectrometer
  • Milestone microwave digestion system, Ethos Pro
  • Thermoline CO2 Incubator
  • Freeze dryer
  • Claisse LeNeo Fluxer