Radiological Training for Tritium Facilities
Max energy = 18.6 keV
Ave. energy = 5.7 keV
A very low energy beta is emitted.
Instructor should emphasize
the radiological controls are to
Tritium is not an "external" radiation
keep tritium outside the body.
Explain what is meant by
"external" radiation hazard.
Travels less than 1/4 inch in air
Cannot penetrate through the dead
layer of the skin
Cannot penetrate clothing or
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Radioactive half-life = 12.3 years.
Tritium betas can produce low energy x
rays. Because the beta particle is of such low
energy the x rays it may produce are not
very penetrating and are not normally
considered a hazard.