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What safety precautions do people have to use when handling nuclear waste?



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It depends on the type of nuclear waste that is being handled. Some radioactive materials emit a radiation capable of penetrating the body (e.g. x-rays, gamma rays, and strong beta rays) whereas others emit energy that is not able to penetrate the skin (e.g. alpha and weak beta emitters). The waste handler must be adequately shielded from the strong penetrating types of radiation. The person must also guard against ingestion, inhalation and absorption through the skin. I would not be surprised if radiation workers are safer than people who work with "regular" garbage because both waste and the precautions taken are safer in radiation work

Michael B Lomonaco



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