Our NORM/TENORM Awareness is a 2-hour instructor-led course that provides awareness level safety information for workers to identify and protect against TENORM related risks.

Protect Your Workers from Radiation Hazards

NORM stands for Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials and TENORM means Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials.

For oil and gas companies, awareness is critical. TENORM can be found in produced water, mineral scale, and sludge, as well as in storage tanks, inside pipelines, or in pipeline inspection gadgets.

TENORM presents a human health risk and is of particular concern if inhaled or ingested through eating and drinking.  Long-term exposure of radiation can cause serious health concerns, including cancer.


Companies must be aware of the following:
  • OSHA enforces safety regulations on ionizing radiation.
  • Other standards may come into play, such as Respiratory Protection (29 CFR 1910.134), PPE, and Hazard Communication (29 CFR 1910.1200).
  • The American Petroleum Institute (API) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) also have recommendations for NORM/TENORM.
  • The EPA & CDC are currently working to develop ways to protect the public, workers, and the environment from NORM/TENORM.
  • Several states have TENORM regulations.


Why Adopt NORM/TENORM Awareness?

Our NORM/TENORM Awareness is a 2-hour instructor-led course that provides awareness level safety information for workers to identify and protect against TENORM related risks.  The course covers NORM/TENORM Effects, Control and Hazard Reduction, Protection, and Emergency Response.

Standardized, industry-endorsed learning means clients know workers have a comprehensive awareness of TENORM hazards and risks they may encounter on the job.

Delivered by authorized instructors so clients know the content is consistent and learning is validated through an end-of-course assessment.

Training records are provided upon successful completion. Trainees receive physical cards and digital records are stored in our shared database for easy access and reference.



NORM Presence

NORM & TENORM can be found in

  • Earthen material from the drilling process
  • Earthen material with residual coating of  refined-oil based muds
  • Recycled drilling mud
  • Recycled hydraulic fracturing water
  • Flow back water including some Brine
  • Spent tank bottoms
  • Filtrate, either liquid or solid, that results from  or are created during processing or recycling  of used hydraulic fracturing water, flow back  water, or produced water
  • Used hydraulic fracturing sands
  • Oil, Gas, Brine and pipe scale buildup

Course Information
Length:  2 hours
Delivery Method: Instructor-led in-person or distance learning
Refresher Needed:  Suggested Annually

Course Objectives: 
1. Describe the characteristics of radiation.
2. Identify areas where workers can encounter NORM/TENORM.
3. Explain the primary health effects of radiation.
4. Describe the devices that are used to detect and monitor radiation.
5. Explain the control measures for NORM/TENORM.
6. Describe the necessary respiratory protection for NORM/TENORM.
7. Explain what to do when a suspected exposure occurs.
8. List resources where workers can obtain information on NORM/TENORM.

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Completion Information

Upon successful completion of the course and competency exam, all students are issued a physical and digital Veriforce ID card with their name, company name, picture, barcode, and completed course. All students are automatically entered into the Veriforce training database where your company’s clients and auditors can view proof of completion.