Sealed Radioactive Source Disposition Service

Radioactive materials that are no longer required must be transferred to a licensed recipient for final disposition. QSA Global, Inc. possesses broad-scope licenses in both our Baton Rouge, LA, and Burlington, MA facilities, which allows us to safely handle and store a large quantity and variety of radioactive isotopes that were manufactured or distributed from the USA.

QSA Global, Inc. has over 60 years of extensive technical experience in unloading sealed isotope sources from a wide variety of industrial gauges and medical devices. We can provide all the services needed for the disposition of your gamma radiography sources and devices, including:

  • Removal or unloading of sources from radioisotope gauges and other devices
  • Packaging your sources
  • Leak testing of sealed sources
  • D.O.T. approved shipping containers
  • Transportation of your sources and material
  • Transfer Letter of receipt and possession for all sources and material

Radioactive Gauges We Accept

QSA Global, Inc. accepts an expansive amount of radioactive gauges and devices. With over 60 years of historical disposal knowledge working with various manufacturers and gauge models worldwide, we can easily identify and verify unknown devices and sources. Specifically, we have a comprehensive database of source manufacture dates, SSDRs, source certificates, and serial numbers to identify what radioactive source is inside your gauges and provide the special form certifications required to transport your sources and gauges legally. The following are just a few examples of common gauges we have accepted for disposal. Please see our full list of Frequently Received Devices

Sealed Sources & Capsules

Sealed Sources & Capsules. QSA Global, Inc. can dispose of sealed source capsules and loaded industrial test and measurement gauges. Some of the isotopes we dispose of includes but is not limited to all the following:

  • Cs-137
  • Am-241
  • Am-241/Be
  • Du-238
  • Ir-192
  • Se-75
  • Co-60
  • Kr-85
  • Ni-63
  • Fe-55
  • Sr-90
  • Cd-109
If you don’t see your isotope source listed, please reach out, we dispose of many more.

Device Manufacturers

QSA Global, Inc. accepts a wide range of devices and gauges for our disposition service. Some of the most common devices we accept are from the manufacturer’s below:

  • Vega (Ohmart)
  • Thermo Fisher
  • Texas Nuclear
  • Berthold
  • Kay-Ray
  • Ronan
  • NDC Technologies
  • Endress & Hauser
  • CE Invalco
  • Niton
  • Metorex
  • QSA Global, Inc.
  • Tech Ops
  • Amersham
  • AEA Technology

Please see our full list of Frequently Received Devices for specific devices we have received. If you don’t see your manufacturer or devices, please reach out.

Sealed Source Transport.

QSA Global, Inc. has a global network of export specialists that provide transport expertise when you are facing challenging logistical issues. Our D.O.T. approved containers are available for rent to help you send your devices to us quickly and easily and we arrange clearance at US destination ports to help prevent transport delays. QSA Global, Inc. works with licensed brokers around the world to provide on-site packaging and dismantling of your gauges and devices as needed.

Transfer of Liability

Once QSA Global, Inc. receives your gauges, devices, or sealed sources, we provide you with a transfer of ownership letter.

The transfer of ownership letter transfers ownership and liability of your sealed sources to QSA Global, Inc.

Disposition FAQs.

QSA Global, Inc. possesses broad-scope licenses in both our Baton Rouge, LA, and Burlington, MA facilities, which allows us to safely handle and store a large quantity and variety of radioactive isotopes that were manufactured or distributed from the USA.

We have over 60 years of extensive technical experience in unloading sealed isotope sources from a wide variety of industrial gauges and medical devices. As a leader in the isotope manufacturing industry, QSA Global, Inc. has vast historical knowledge and comprehensive databases of source manufacture dates, serial numbers, and special form certifications.

QSA Global, Inc. can provide all the services needed for the disposition of your gamma radiography sources and devices including:

  • Removal or unloading of sources from radioisotope gauges and other devices
  • Packaging your sources
  • Leak testing of sealed sources
  • D.O.T. approved shipping containers
  • Transportation of your sources and material
  • Transfer Letter of receipt and possession for all sources and material
QSA Global, Inc. can dispose of sealed source capsules and loaded industrial test and measurement gauges. Some of the isotopes we dispose of includes but is not limited to all the following:
  • Cs-137
  • Am-241 & Am-241:Be
  • Du-238
  • Ir-192
  • Se-75
  • Co-60
  • Kr-85
  • Ni-63
  • Fe-55
  • Sr-90
  • Cd-109
If you don’t see your isotope source listed, please reach out, we dispose of many more.

Due to USNRC regulations, we can only accept sources manufactured or distributed from the US, or currently located in the US, unless QSA Global, Inc. manufactured them.

We have sold isotope sources from outside of the US under previous names, including Tech Ops. Amersham International, and AEA Technology, Inc. If you are unsure of our ability to accept a source, always feel free to ask.

Some of the most common devices we receive are from the manufacturer’s below:

  • QSA Global, Inc.
  • Vega Americas (Ohmart)
  • Texas Nuclear (Thermo Fisher)
  • Kay-Ray
  • Berthold
  • Ronan
  • Endress & Hauser
  • CE Invalco
  • Niton
  • Metorex
  • NDC Technologies

Please see our full list of Frequently Received Devices

In many cases, we can identify the source manufacturer based on the serial number. Pictures and/or drawings are always encouraged to help identify or verify unknown devices and sources.
After completing our Source Return Approval Request Document and authorization from QSA Global, Inc. for the source return, we will also need a current leak test on the source/device that is less than 6 months old. Upon receipt of these documents and verification of payment terms, we will issue a Return Authorization Number for acceptance, which will need to be marked on the package.
QSA Global, Inc. has special form certificates available for all currently active QSA Global, Inc. manufactured source models. We also have a database containing many other manufacturer’s special form certificates, which we can use to help locate the correct certificate if possible.

The United States Regulatory Commission designates special Form requirements in 10 CFR Part 71, Appendix A, which can be found here:

https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/cfr/part071/part071-appa.html

Any source with an activity greater than the designated Type A2 (Non-Special Form) values must ship as a Type A1 (Special Form) with a special form certificate.

In general, pricing is established based on isotope and activity. Higher activity sources are more expensive to dispose of, and certain isotopes are priced differently based on the ultimate method of disposition by QSA Global, Inc. Labor for unloading the devices is included in the disposal price, except in occasional circumstances where a specific model device is more labor-intensive to unload.
QSA Global, Inc. offers a container rental service that can be used for various sealed radioactive sources, including source capsules by themselves or sources loaded into devices.
We work with licensed brokers worldwide to provide logistics assistance and on-site packaging and dismantling of devices. Let us know if you will need this service, and we will work with you on the scope of work and scheduling of the service.

Upon receipt of your sealed radioactive sources and devices, we will issue a Receival Letter, which will state the transfer of ownership of your sealed sources to our license.

Sample Receiving Letter

Request Disposition Service

With our vast experience, QSA Global, Inc. can provide all the services required for the disposition of your sealed sources, including identifying gauges you may not be familiar with, on-site packaging and dismantling of your gauges and devices, transporting your devices in our DOT approved containers and performing leak testing on your sealed sources.