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.
of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources
Teletherapy equipment uses powerful radioactive
sources to treat cancer.
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
Sealed radioactive sources/M. Al-Mughrabi, Waste Technology Section
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).