Workplace Radiation Incidents

Workplaces like health care facilities, research institutions, and industrial operations may use radiation sources. An incident can happen if:

  • radiation sources are stored or used incorrectly
  • safety controls malfunction
  • safety procedures are not followed
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The health effects from a workplace incident involving radiation sources could range from no health effects to very serious health effects based on several factors:

  • the type and amount of radioactive material
  • how long people were near the radioactive material or how long the radioactive material was in or on the body
  • how close people were to the radioactive material
  • what parts of the body were exposed
What should I do to protect myself?

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If your workplace uses radiation sources, use required personal protective and monitoring equipment, be familiarwith safety precautions and procedures, and complete required radiation safety trainings.

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Report any incidents involving radiation to safety officials immediately. Stay as far away from the site of the incident as possible.

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If you are involved in a workplace radiation incident, follow instructions from safety officials and contact your doctor.

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