Radiological Training for Tritium Facilities
MODES OF EXPOSURE AND BIOLOGICAL BEHAVIOR
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OF TRITIUM - How can I be exposed to tritium and what
would it do to me?
A. External Dose
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Tritium is not an external hazard.
The tritium beta when it is
stopped (particularly in high
Tritium is not a dose concern if it is
atomic numbered materials, e.g.,
located outside the body.
lead) will produce a low energy
x-ray. This x-ray cannot
Tritium betas will not penetrate a
penetrate into the body, because
of the low energy of the x-ray.
We are interested only in tritium inside
There may be rare circumstances
where external dose should be
considered (i.e., using large
quantities of tritium).
Tritium is an "internal" radiation hazard.
Modes of Exposure
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Tritium can deliver a radiation dose if it gets
inside our bodies. Modes of entry include:
- injection (cuts/wounds)