Issues for Government Agencies


Governments are charged with ensuring the social and economic well being of their citizens. This involves balancing the risks and benefits of a wide variety of technology, some of which may involve the use of radiation. This brochure is intended as an introduction to some of the issues for government agencies to consider — first and foremost being the need for an appropriate infrastructure for the safety and security of sealed radioactive sources.

Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources

Teletherapy equipment uses powerful radioactive sources to treat cancer.

Medical radiographer.

Industrial radiography source. This type was used in the USA during the 1930s and 1940s to inspect welds and metal casting. Photo Credits and Copyright 1999: Oak Ridge Associated Universities.


Industrial radiographer wearing a TLD badge (thermoluminescent material in a special holder) to measure radiation exposure.

Sealed radioactive sources/M. Al-Mughrabi, Waste Technology Section (IAEA).

Blistering of the palm of the right hand caused byan overexposure to radiation (IAEA).

Conditioning of a sealed radioactive source/M. Al-Mughrabi, Waste Technology Section (IAEA).



Sealed Radioactive Sources: Issues for Government Agencies
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