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An Ionactive radiation protection blog of related views, articles, examples of work and news

  • Ionactive - 1Q, 2020

    Published: Apr 01, 2020

      Tags:
    • RPS Training
    • Online radiation training
    • Covid-19
    • Radiation safety

    Some thoughts from Ionactive on the first 3 months of 2020 and dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.

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  • Ionactive 2019

    Published: Dec 31, 2019

      Tags:
    • Ionactive
    • RPA
    • Radiation Protection Adviser
    • Ionising Radiation
    • Radioactive

    Happy New Year from Ionactive, and all the best to clients and friends for 2020! Here is a little look back over the last 12 months, quite a year.

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  • Margaret J Minski – my boss, my colleague and family friend (1937-2019)

    Published: Sep 08, 2019

      Tags:
    • radiation
    • RPA
    • Margaret J Minski
    • Imperial College London

    On the 27th August I was driving to Manchester when I received news that Margaret J Minski had sadly passed away. Margaret is why I do what I do today – a Radiation Protection Adviser (RPA) for Ionactive Consulting. This article is a personal tribute to Margaret, a wonderful person who will be missed by many.

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  • Overexposure to Radiographer (April 2019)

    Published: May 06, 2019

      Tags:
    • Industrial Radiography
    • Incidents

    A radiographer working in the permanent shooting room at one of the licensee’s facilities received 82mSv whole body dose due to the radioactive source still being exposed during setting up the next shot.

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  • Accident in industrial radiography - Ionactive Blog archive

    Published: Mar 16, 2019

      Tags:
    • Industrial Radiography
    • Accidents
    • radiation

    A radiographer was taking several radiographic shots on pipework at night - receives >50 Gy to the fingers and 7 Gy whole body dose. From the Ionactive blog archive.

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  • Overexposure of a worker (I-131) – Ionactive Blog archive

    Published: Mar 16, 2019

      Tags:
    • IAEA
    • I-131
    • Overexposure
    • Varskin 3

    A laboratory worker was contaminated with I-131 in a radiopharmaceutical company on February 28th, 2013. The worker was wearing two pairs of gloves and, when changing gloves, had noticed a break in the right inner glove, but not any obvious break in the outer latex glove. Later it would emerge that a significant overexposure had occurred. From the Ionactive blog archive.

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The definition of 'safe' is not strictly an engineering term; it's a societal term. Does it mean absolutely no loss of life? Does it mean absolutely no contamination with radiation? What exactly does 'safe' mean?

– Henry Petroski