The operation and maintenance of a complex analytical instrument such as an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer in
a radioactive contaminated environment presents unique problems and challenges that have to be considered in the purchasing
and installation process. Considerations such as vendor experience, typical radiation levels, sample matrices encountered
during sample analysis, instrument accessability for maintenance, and upkeep must be incorporated into the decision process.
The Radioactive Materials Analytical Laboratory (RMAL) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) recently purchased and installed
an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer for the analysis of Department of Energy (DOE) radioactive waste streams.
This presentation will outline the purchasing decision, installation of the instrument, and how the modifications needed to
operate in a radioactive contaminated laboratory do not significantly impact the daily operation and maintenance requirements
of the instrument. Also, a contamination survey of the system will be presented which demonstrates the contamination levels
in the instrument from the sample introduction system to the detector.