Dade Moeller Tapped to Provide Radiation Services to U.S., Japanese Firms

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Washington based radiation services and radiation protection firm Dade Moeller has been busy fielding requests from U.S. and Japanese companies concerned with potential radioactive contamination from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on their employees and assets. Dade Moeller has responded by providing both pro-bono information and tailored services, as well as by expanding its public outreach efforts.

“Companies and individuals are looking to us, as leading experts in radiation protection science, for information, advice, and services. We see it as our corporate responsibility to provide the assistance they require." Matt Moeller, CEO Dade Moeller

Washington-based radiation protection firm Dade Moeller has been busy fielding requests from U.S. and Japanese companies concerned with potential radioactive contamination from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on their employees and assets, including finished products, manufacturing equipment, buildings, and parts or ingredients. Dade Moeller has responded by providing both pro-bono information and tailored services, as well as by expanding its public outreach efforts.

“The devastating Great East Japan Earthquake, and the resulting situation with the Fukushima plant, has certainly caused an increase in radiation awareness,” said CEO Matt Moeller. “Companies and individuals are looking to us, as leading experts in radiation protection science, for information, advice, and services. We have the expertise, experience, and tools to respond, and we see it as our corporate responsibility to provide assistance as requested.”

To date, Dade Moeller has responded to requests from companies involved in the technology, aviation, manufacturing, investment, insurance, medical, automotive, and food industries. The company also has received requests from U.S. federal agencies, as well as from other firms looking to partner with Dade Moeller for follow on work.

Dade Moeller currently is offering services in seven areas related to the Fukushima incident: product safety, food safety, facility occupancy, risk awareness and training, environmental remediation, environmental surveillance, and onsite radiological and safety support. The company has made details on these environmental services offerings easy to find on its website through a business-specific portal, launched this week, at Japan Response.

Dade Moeller has a growing list of about 50 employees, primarily health physicists (radiation protection scientists), who have indicated a willingness and availability to respond to the situation, including deploying to Japan. The company also has on hand a variety of radiation detection instruments, including hand-held devices that detect radiation and, importantly, identify specific radionuclides such as Iodine-131 and Cesium-137, the primary radionuclides of concern from the Fukushima plant.

“As radiation scientists, we understand that risks to workers and consumers in the United States from Japanese parts or products are likely very low,” says Moeller. “We are supporting companies that want to take the precautionary measure of independently checking products for radiation contamination to assure customers or employees that use of these products poses no risk. We can help them accomplish that task.”

The company also has responded to the events at Fukushima with a new service – public outreach. This week, Dade Moeller launched a website portal tailored specifically to members of the public. Through the Japan Nuclear Response Portal, individuals can access easy-to-read “Radiation 101” informational materials derived from the company’s popular Radiation Safety Academy training courses, an explanation of confusing terminology for radiation units, a Radiation Safety Frequently Asked Questions page, and links to other credible sources of information. Depending upon interest, the company may post to the website its daily summary of Fukushima-related events, which currently is made available to all Dade Moeller employees as part of the firm’s internal communication efforts.

Recognizing early the potential demand for its expertise, Dade Moeller on March 15 – just 4 days after the earthquake and tsunami – convened a team to coordinate the company’s response efforts. Led by William “Bill” Herrington III, P.E., CSP, the team distributed press releases on March 17 and March 23 and meets daily. Herrington can be reached by phone at 509-946-0410 x257.

ABOUT DADE MOELLER

Headquartered near the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hanford nuclear site in Richland, Wash., Dade Moeller is a nationally recognized firm that provides a full range of professional and technical services to federal, state, and commercial clients in support of nuclear, radiological, and environmental operations. We specialize in radiation protection, health physics, worker safety, and radiation training. Our staff members are trusted professionals with proven performance helping our clients protect people and the environment. Founded in 1994, our Company proudly bears the name of Dr. Dade W. Moeller, a premier scientist and educator in the fields of health physics and environmental health.

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