Radiation Safety Basics – How to Protect Yourself

Time, Distance and Shielding are your best friend in radiation protection.

Time, Distance and Shielding are your best friend in radiation protection.  Source: NRC.gov

I heard too many stories of unnecessary high radiation exposures in 2015.  I feel compelled to remind people about the basics of radiation protection.   There are always simple things that can be done to reduce exposure: Time, Distance and Shielding is like the ABCs of Radiation Protection. If you work or live around sources of radiation, or if you suddenly find yourself exposed, always remember that Time, Distance and Shielding are your best friends. Limit your Time near the source. Distance: Moving away from the source will dramatically reduce your exposure in an exponential way. Shielding will always help. Concrete walls, steel, lead, earth, bricks – anything with a lot of mass – will help. If radiation is airborne, always remember to protect your lungs with an air filter, mask or even some cloth in a pinch. More on this at the NRC website.  Remember to carry a radiation detector if you are working around radioactive materials, and pay close attention to it.   Here’s to a safe, secure and healthy 2016!

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About Dan Sythe

Dan is CEO of IMI (International Medcom, Inc.). He has been designing and manufacturing innovative radiation detection instruments for over 40 years. Many thousands of these instruments are in use throughout the world in support of public safety, security, nuclear arms control, medical and laboratory safety programs, educational programs, and personal safety applications.
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