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How to Use the Inspector Alert

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This presentation is intended to give the


user a brief overview of how to operate the
Inspector Alert.
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What the Inspector Alert Does




The Inspector Alert measures the


rate of the following types of nuclear
radiation
 Alpha
 Beta
 Gamma
 X-radiation

The Inspector Alert measures the


amount of nuclear radiation in
 Counts per minute (CPM)
 Counts per second (CPS)
 MilliRoentgens per hour (mR/hr)
 MicroSieverts per hour
(Sv/hr)

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How to Turn On the Inspector Alert




Turn the Inspector Alert on by moving


the lower switch from Off to On or
Audio.


On--The Inspector Alert is


measuring radiation but there is no
audio.
Audio--The Inspector Alert is
measuring radiation, and beeping
with each count of radiation that is
detected.

When the Inspector Alert is first turned


on it does a 3 second system check,
displaying all the indicators and
numbers.
After the system check is finished the
Inspector Alert shows the current level
of nuclear radiation.
The Inspector Alert updates its visual
display once every three seconds.

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How to Select the Operating Mode




Move the upper switch to


 Total/Timer
 CPM/CPS (counts per minute
or counts per second)
 mR/hr or Sv/hr
(milliRoentgen per hour or
microSievert per hour).
In Total mode the Inspector Alert
starts totaling the counts it
registers, and the numeric display
is updated each time a count is
registered.
The CPM mode is the easiest to
understand.

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How to Switch the Mode


in the Utility Menu


To switch the mode from mR/hr to


Sv/hr and from CPM to CPS:



Turn the Inspector Alert off.


Hold down the + button on the
end panel while turning the
Inspector Alert on. The menu
icon will appear at the lower
right corner.
Scroll through the numbers on
the screen by pushing the +
and - buttons until you get to
2.
Press the SET button on the
end panel. Press + for mR/hr
(CPM) and - for Sv/hr (CPS).
Press the SET button twice.

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What is Background Count?




The background count is the normal level of


nuclear radiation that is occurring at a given
time and place.

Some sources of background radiation are:


 The sun
 Minerals in the earth
 Residual radiation from nuclear testing
and other man made sources

Nuclear radiation is a naturally occurring


phenomenon. When the Inspector Alert is
on it is normally measuring the background
count.

A user should determine the normal


background count in case abnormal levels of
nuclear radiation occur.
The mesh screen covers the end window of the Geiger-Mueller sensor.

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How to Determine the Average


Background Count




Turn the Inspector Alert On, and


put it in Total mode.
Set the Timer switch on the end
panel to Set.
Press the + button until the display
reads 00:10 (this means ten
minutes).
Set the Timer switch to On. The
Inspector Alert beeps three times
and starts counting.
At the end of the ten minutes, the
Inspector Alert beeps three times,
and repeats beeping several
times. Note the total reading.
Divide this number by ten for the
average count per minute which is
the average background count per
minute.

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Considerations Involved in Finding


the Best Level to Set the Alert






The ideal alert setting provides enough sensitivity to detect any


increase in the radiation level above naturally occurring background
levels without false alarms caused by normal random variations in the
background radiation level.
A good setting for one location may cause alerts in another location
since background radiation levels can vary due to
 altitude
 geography
 radon gas
 radioactive materials in buildings
 mineral content in soil and rocks
Each user should balance the need for sensitivity against false alarms
occurring from local geography and conditions.
A good alert level can be developed experimentally or through the
formula found on the next slide.
Use this number and adjust it as necessary for local conditions.

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One Way to Determine Where to


Set the Alert










Use the Inspector Alert in CPM / CPS mode


to measure counts for 30 consecutive
minutes.
Record each reading.
Add the readings and divide the sum by 30.
Find the difference between each reading
and the average.
Square each of these differences (multiply it
by itself).
Total the squares of the differences and
divide the sum by 29.
Find the square root of this sum. This
number is the standard deviation.
Multiply the standard deviation by 4 and add
this number to the average from step 3
above. Set the alert level to this number.

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How to Change the Battery







Turn the Inspector Alert over.


Remove the battery cover.
Detach the 9 volt alkaline battery from the wire connector and replace.
The battery life for the Inspector Alert is approximately 2,160 hours at normal
background, average 625 hours at 1 mR/hr with beeper off.

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