radioactive Materials - Summary
Proper radiation source management is critical to preventing and/or controlling a variety of environmental, health and safety issues within any facility. The first step towards initiating proper source management is the creation of an accurate inventory of all radioactive materials maintained by the school department. In addition, the staff should also obtain and maintain information which describes the rate and type of radioactive decay that each source undergoes. Understanding the materials present at the school will enable you to understand the issues associated with these substances. Properly recognizing and controlling the hazards inherent to these materials will enhance your ability to create a safe school environment with minimal health hazards and environmental liabilities. Failure to properly manage materials can create a myriad of difficult and interrelated EHS issues.
prepared by Todd H. Dresser, Environmental Engineer
Burlington Board of Health, 29 Center Street, Burlington, MA 01803