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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 healthcare 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, thyroid collars or neck shields, 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. Never enter a room while patients are undergoing radiation therapy.

Risks of exposure

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

Online Medical Reviewer: Eric Perez MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Maryann Foley RN BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Rita Sather RN
Date Last Reviewed: 8/1/2021
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