Radiological Safety Traning for Uranium Facilities
Module 104 - Internal Dose Control
Contamination build-up inside work gloves has lead to unacceptable
hand doses in some facilities. Reuse of leather or cloth gloves should be
reviewed carefully because of such buildup. Workers should wear thin,
protective gloves inside the heavy gloves.
Respiratory protection equipment is used to provide protection from
airborne hazards that may be encountered in the work environment.
Respirator use is based on the level of airborne contamination known to
exist or expected to be produced from the work to be performed.
Respiratory protection may also be required for hazards present in an
area other than radioactive airborne contamination. Health and safety
groups should coordinate the use of respiratory protection requirements
based on all hazards present. If a worker finds a conflict in respiratory
protection requirements, he or she should not enter the work area until
the conflict is resolved and the appropriate respiratory protection
equipment is available.
Special Radiological Surveys and Techniques for Contamination Monitoring
As workers at a uranium facility, you will likely perform self-monitoring
for the presence of radioactive contamination.
If you recall from the general characteristics of uranium, it primarily
decays by emitting an alpha particle. Many uranium decay products also
decay by emitting alpha particles.