Dangers of Radiation

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  • Dangers of radiation
    • Radioactive materials are hazardous.
    • It can deposite large amounts of energy in the body and cause damage to DNA
    • The risk associated with radioactive materials depends on the amount of exposure.
      • Being exposed to highly radioactive materials or being exposed to radioactive materials for long periods of time or on a regular basis, increases the dose received which, in turn, increases the risk.
    • Given that radioactive materials are hazardous, certain precautions can be taken to reduce the risk of using radioactive sources. These include:
      • wear protective clothing to prevent the body becoming contaminated should radioactive isotopes leak out
      • avoid contact with bare skin and not attempt to taste the sources
      • limit exposure time - so less time is spent around radioactive materials

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