Radiation Blog

The Problem with Gamma Radiation Suits – and the Solution

Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, Fukushima – these names have gone down in our memories as major nuclear incidents that released high levels of radiation into the atmosphere. There is a 50% chance of another such disaster occurring in the coming decades, According to scientists. Which means that the time to acquire a radiation shield– specifically, [...]

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Radiation Protection for First Responders – Who’s Responsible?

When it comes to radiation protection, fire and police chiefs often look to federal agencies for guidance. After all, radiological incidents such as a radiological dispersion device (a “dirty bomb”), have federal criminal import and would seemingly be handled by the federal authorities. The assumption is that pretty early on the feds will take ownership [...]

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Radiation Protection – Federal Standards and the ALARA Principle

Radiation exposure levels permitted for first responders are set in U.S. federal standards. The levels of permitted exposure rise according to the severity of the situation: from 5 rem for occupational exposure to unlimited exposure in the case of protection of large populations (as long as first responders are aware of the risk, see federal [...]

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Radiation Protection – ALARA and General Guidelines

Recently, with the development of wearable selective shielding technology by StemRad, there is, for the first time ever, the ability to protect first responders from the most penetrating type of radiation – gamma radiation. Yet is this solution “reasonably achievable” as set out in the federal ALARA standard? ALARA – “As Low As Reasonably Achievable” [...]

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