How do you deal with radioactive substances?


Bart Lewis   |   Member since 2005  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Radioactive substances are atoms that decay naturally. They can give off alpha particles, beta particles and gamma radiation. Unlike X-ray sources they cannot be turned off, so their control is more difficult.

  1. wear a lab coat. If there is a risk of serious contamination, wear disposable clothing.
  2. always wear gloves when handling radioactive substances .
  3. wear shoe covers in rooms where the floor may be contaminated.
  4. keep personal items such as handbags, etc., outside the lab.
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Sabrina Spencer   |   Member since 2013  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Similarly, it is asked, what safety precautions are required when using radiation?

You can work safely around radiation and/or contamination by following a few simple precautions:

Furthermore, what is the radioactive substance? Radioactive substances are atoms that decay naturally. They can give off alpha particles, beta particles and gamma radiation. Unlike X-ray sources they cannot be turned off, so their control is more difficult.


Jacob Coll   |   Member since 2009  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Similarly, you may ask, what equipment should be used to hold radioactive sources?

Dedicated Equipment : Your radioisotope work area should have a set of equipment that is only used for radioactive material work. Depending on your protocol, this may include pipettors, a microcentrifuge, timers, mixers, a water bath, etc.


Irene Tindall   |   Member since 2020  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

What do radioactive substances give off that makes them dangerous?

Radioactive substances produce alpha particles, beta particles and gamma rays. But what are these three types of dangerous radiation ? Beta particles are high-energy electrons that can penetrate through paper and even part of the way into the human body, but cause less damage when they do.


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Why does lead absorb radiation?

Because of lead's density and large number of electrons, it is well suited to scattering x-rays and gamma-rays. These rays form photons, a type of boson, which impart energy onto electrons when they come into contact. When the radiation attempts to pass through lead, its electrons absorb and scatter the energy.


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What are the three principles of radiation safety?

General principles of radiation protection from the hazard of ionizing radiation are summarized as three key words; justification, optimization, and dose limit. Because medical exposure of radiation has unique considerations, diagnostic reference level is generally used as a reference value, instead of dose limits.


Elijah Murphy   |   Member since 2005  |  ✔ Verified

What material can block radiation?

Despite their ability to penetrate other materials, in general, neither gamma rays nor x-rays have the ability to make anything radioactive. Several feet of concrete or a few inches of dense material (such as lead) are able to block these types of radiation.


Tony Harrison   |   Member since 2019  |  ✔ Verified

How can you protect yourself from radiation exposure?

Staying inside will reduce your exposure to radiation.Close windows and doors. Take a shower or wipe exposed parts of your body with a damp cloth. Drink bottled water and eat food in sealed containers.


Rita Booth   |   Member since 2008  |  ✔ Verified

What is a radiation hazard in the workplace?

ULTRAVIOLET RADIATION AS A HAZARD IN THE WORKPLACE. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a known cause of skin cancer, skin ageing, eye damage, and may affect the immune system. People who work outdoors are the most likely of all workers to suffer health damage from exposure to UV radiation.


Alexander Paterson   |   Member since 2015  |  ✔ Verified

How can workers protect themselves from radiation?

Workers can be exposed either to artificial radiation or naturally occurring radioactive material. To protect them against such an exposure, some concrete steps can be taken. These include regular monitoring, protective equipment, or countermeasures such as shielding.


Thea Cameron   |   Member since 2014  |  ✔ Verified

How long does it take for radioactive iodine to leave the body?

How long does radioiodine stay in my body? The radioiodine from your treatment will temporarily remain in your body. Most of the radioiodine not taken up by your thyroid gland will be eliminated within the first (2) two days after treatment. Radioiodine leaves your body primarily by your urine.


Adelaide Michael   |   Member since 2006  |  ✔ Verified

What type of radiation is stopped by paper?

alpha particles


Logan Porter   |   Member since 2005  |  ✔ Verified

What diseases are caused by radiation?

Other diseases associated with radiation exposureAll cancers. Non-malignant thyroid nodular disease. Parathyroid adenoma. Posterior subcapsular cataracts. Tumors of the brain and central nervous system.


Alessia Stevens   |   Member since 2017  |  ✔ Verified

What are the radiation hazards?

Radiation and Nuclear Health Hazards. Some examples of radiation include sunlight, radio waves, x-rays, heat, alpha, beta, gamma ionizing radiation, and infrared, just to name a few. Not all of these types of radiation are harmful, in fact, in moderation, most radiation will not pose a health risk.


Benny Khan   |   Member since 2016  |  ✔ Verified

What happens if you touch radioactive material?

Radiation sickness occurs when a person is exposed to a high dose of ionising radiation. The severity of the symptoms and illness depends upon the type and amount of radiation, length of exposure and the part of the body exposed. Initial symptoms include nausea, vomiting, headache and diarrhoea.


Clarissa Larsen   |   Member since 2007  |  ✔ Verified

Why is it important to warn people that a radiation source is being used?

Radiation and living cells When radiation collides with molecules in living cells it can damage them. We use this property of radiation to kill cancer cells, and also harmful bacteria and other micro-organisms. The hazard symbol is shown on containers of radioactive substances to warn of the danger.


Nick Farrant   |   Member since 2009  |  ✔ Verified

Is Hiroshima still radioactive?

The radiation in Hiroshima and Nagasaki today is on a par with the extremely low levels of background radiation (natural radioactivity) present anywhere on Earth. It has no effect on human bodies.


Stella Ring   |   Member since 2011  |  ✔ Verified

How should radioactive sources be stored?

In some situations, sealed radioactive sources may be stored in a shielded container that is designed to reduce and control radiation in the area around the source. Such containers are typically extremely heavy, with most using lead as a shielding material within the container.


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