Entries by Qal-Tek Editors

GM Radiation Detectors – Understanding how they work

The most popular form of radiation detector used is probably the Geiger-Mueller (GM) detector. A GM detector is typically the device seen being used on TV shows and movies when measuring radiation. The GM detector is the device which is making clicking noises which clicks faster and faster when it is exposed to increasingly greater […]

We need to think more about low level radiation

Radiation is all around us. It occurs naturally in our environment, coming to us from the sun, from the soil and foods that we eat and in the air that we breathe. It is omnipresent across a diverse cross section of industries. We tend to associate radiation with the nuclear industry, but we come across […]

Genetic Testing Reveals Rad Exposure

A team of scientists have found an accurate way to immediately identify long term radiation damage by examining blood-bound genes, allowing more accurate predictions of who can survive radiation exposure after a nuclear catastrophe or a dirty bomb. In previous nuclear incidents, such as the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in the USSR or the 2011 Fukushima […]

Increased Radiation Levels in WIPP Underground

Air sampling results from the underground of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant have shown increased levels of radiation at Station A. Station A, which is located before WIPP’s high efficiency particulate air filter, recorded increased measurements for both alpha and beta radiation between April 21 and April 24. On April 23, the highest measurement of […]

Taiwan Enforces Stricter Food Imports from Japan

Taiwan on Friday began enforcing stricter rules on inspecting imported Japanese food products potentially originating in radiation-exposed areas, prompting a warning from Tokyo that it may call on the World Trade Organization for a ruling unless the restrictions are eased. The new rules will only allow foods with Japanese government-issued place of origin certificates to […]

Qal-Tek Founder, Dale Snowder Passes Away

H. Dale Snowder December 3, 1950 – May 9, 2015 Our founder and past President of Qal-Tek passed away on Saturday May, 9th.  His leadership and commitment to the Qal-Tek mission paved a path for Qal-Tek. Dale was born December in Ada Oklahoma to Ruby and Harold Snowder. He and his brother Gary were the […]

Fracking Radiation

Radioactive waste produced by hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is making headlines all over gas land, particularly in North Dakota’s booming Bakken gas and oil field. National news coverage of the scandalous illegal dumping of radioactive filter “socks” there  — on Indian Reservations no less — has led North Dakota’s legislature to consider changes to its […]

“Matryoshka” to shield Mars-headed cosmonauts from radiation

The “Matryoshka”, or as it is also called the phantom, is a simulator of the human body, and for more than 10 years now, has been collecting data on cosmic radiation. The obtained findings helped to create a list of recommendations for cosmonauts. In March, the Matryoshka’s detectors will be updated. Radiation permeates all space, […]

Food radiation risks low after 2011 accident in Japan

A groundbreaking analysis from Colorado State University shows that radiation levels in food grown near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant dropped quickly and likely posed minor health risks after the plant’s meltdown and release of radioactive materials four years ago this week. But the CSU researchers also identified a possible future public health threat […]

New Company RSO

Qal-Tek welcomes Michael Albanese as our new company Radiation Safety Officer. Michael arrived late 2014 from a fortune 50 pharmaceutical company in Pennsylvania. He has a BS in Health Physics with over 23 years of experience and is a Board Certified Laser Safety Officer (CLSO). As a former Corporate Non-Ionizing Radiation Safety Officer he’s experienced […]

Nuclear Density Gauge Stolen In Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality says a gauge containing radioactive material has been stolen from the parking lot of an Oklahoma City hotel near Interstate 40. The gauge is called a Humboldt Scientific 5001 EZ and is used to measure the moisture content and density of construction materials. It is not considered a health risk […]

New Mexico Fines Feds After Nuclear Waste Leaks

The state of New Mexico has fined the federal government a record of more than $54 million for violations at a nuclear waste facility where two incidents in February caused radiation release and human exposure. The fine – the biggest ever by the state on US Department of Energy – was issued for 37 violations […]

Learn About Radiation at RadTown

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has produced a wonderful website that is an excellent way for children and adults alike to learn more about radiation. Its well illustrated and easy to navigate. Check it out at: http://www.epa.gov/radtown/index.html

Packages Delivered to 3 Hospitals Were Contaminated

A company that supplies medical isotopes to McGill University Health Centre hospitals is facing the possibility of fines while the federal nuclear safety commission investigates how 10 packages it delivered in August were found to be contaminated with radiation. An event report recently released by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) states the “event had […]