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HazCom: Radiation

Used properly, radiation can help detect illness and treat cancer. But it can be a hazard if accidental exposure reaches X-ray technicians, nurses, or others working near it. Your health care facility has set safe work practices to keep both workers and patients safe, and advises that pregnant women take additional precautions.

Use PPE (personal protective equipment)

Wear film badges so your employer can monitor your exposure. Wear lead aprons and gloves when appropriate.

Follow safe work practices

When radiation is given, stand behind a lead shield or wall.

Avoid unnecessary exposure

Transport patients with radioactive implants in empty elevators, so you don’t expose others to needless radiation.

Observe signs

Recognize radiation warning signs, and never enter a room while patients are undergoing radiation therapy.

Radiation can affect the skin and eyes, and cause sterility, genetic damage, cancer, and a shortened life expectancy.

Online Medical Reviewer: Freeborn, Donna, PhD, CNM, FNP
Online Medical Reviewer: LoCicero, Richard, MD
Date Last Reviewed: 3/1/2018
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