Source: Unitech Services | Release | November 4, 2020
October 2020 marked a 20-year milestone in UniTech Services Group’s service to the Canadian nuclear industry. Over the past two decades, UniTech has reduced the industry’s carbon footprint and increased worker safety by employing reusable protective clothing laundry and management programs; decontaminating, reusing, and recycling materials; and engineering industry-leading advancements to radiological monitoring processes.
Thus far, partnership between UniTech and the Canadian nuclear industry has resulted in 8 million lbs. of waste avoidance. Other green, clean, sustainable outcomes of the partnership include:
- 4.8 million lbs. of tools and equipment released for unrestricted use or scrap metal.
- 58 million waste avoidance items decontaminated and returned for reuse, including but not limited to ProTech™ Anti-C coveralls, oversuits, gloves, booties, bags, and mops
- 35 different launderable items incorporated into protective clothing programs, reducing radioactive waste.
- 1.7 million plastic suits processed, decontaminated, repaired, disinfected, and returned for reuse.
- 11,500 successful cross-border laundry shipments delivered with no delays.
“From day one in October 2001, the success of our support to the Canadian nuclear industry has been about reliability and continuous improvement,” said Kent Anderson, Director of Canadian Operations. “We’ve invested in everything from licensing, classification, and transport, to development of new monitoring and decontamination technologies, to a variety of risk management measures to ensure Canadian nuclear industry needs are met on-time and on-budget every time. Today, our partnership is stronger than ever, and we’re excited about the next twenty years.”
In 2019, Anderson presented at the fourth Canadian Conference on Nuclear Waste Management. His presentation reviewed 15 years of data, confirming $91 million CAD in personal protective equipment cost avoidance spanning 2004-2018.
Planning for the future, Anderson noted that UniTech is currently focused on seeking new strategies to create economic benefits to local Canadian economies while carrying out continuous improvement efforts. UniTech will continue to research and develop new cost-saving programs and products, increase investment in facilities and equipment, explore the possibility of opening a processing plant in Canada, and establish relationships with indigenous community stakeholders.
UniTech provides its Canadian customers a complete, turnkey laundry and shipment process in which UniTech manages and maintains all licensing and liability from the time a load leaves the customer site until it is returned after processing at UniTech’s U.S. facilities.
UniTech processes 14 million lbs. of clothing and respirators annually for staff at commercial power reactors, government nuclear facilities, fuel fabrication plants, and private facilities in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
A subsidiary of UniFirst Corporation, UniTech Services Group, Inc. is the world’s largest supplier of nuclear protective clothing and accessories.
UniTech became the first licensed provider of radiological laundry services in the United States in 1957. Since, the company has expanded to have global impact in the following services: radiological laundering of protective clothing, decontamination and testing of respirators and the decontamination of tools & equipment.
UniTech is a key partner to the nuclear industries in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, helping to minimize radioactive waste.
Learn more at www.UniTechUS.com.