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 keep
Tritium is not an "external" radiation
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 gloves
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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