Accession Number:

AD0256805

Title:

SOME CRITICAL OBSERVATIONS CONCERNING THE HANDLING OF HIGH LEVELS OF TRITIUM RADIOACTIVITY

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NAVAL RADIOLOGICAL DEFENSE LAB SAN FRANCISCO CALIF

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Report Date:

1961-04-17

Pagination or Media Count:

1.0

Abstract:

The data presented demonstrate substantial nonvolatile transfer of tritium from contaminated surfaces to skin by direct contact. Since radioactivity on the contaminated surfaces is not necessarily detectable by gas-flow monitoring methods, this route of entry of tritium into body tissue must be considered an unrecognized, potential hazard, where the handling of apparatus exposed to high levels of tritium is concerned. The lability of contact-transferred tritium in skin, its chemical form and location within the skin, and the exact radioactivity content of the contaminated surfaces are particular problems remaining to be established by exact methods. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE