Skin and Contamination
The skin is a very protective shield against many hazards.
However, the human skin is made to absorb liquid, thus allowing
the passage of liquids in and out.
radioactive material researchers use are in a liquid form, it is essential that
they protect their skin from accidentally coming in contact with hazardous radioactive materials.
The best protection is a well fitted lab apron and a double layer of gloves.
If material does
come in contact with the skin, it should be washed off gently with warm soap and water. Abrading
the skin will only cause irritation, breaks in the skin, and increased absorption
of materials. Iodine is absorbed quickly by the skin and is very difficult to
remove from the skin.
Should you become contaminated you should wash the material off quickly and
call the Radiation Safety Office at 206.543.0463.