Skin and Contamination

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    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.

    Since most 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.


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