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Event: Radioactive Primer Presentation at the Hanford Advisory Board (HAB) Meeting – Learn radiation basics!
Address: Red Lion Hanford House, 802 George Washington Way (Columbia/Benton-Franklin Room)
City: Richland WA
Category: Public Involvement Meetings
Event Date: 6:00 pm
 


What:  Radioactive Primer Presentation at the Hanford Advisory Board (HAB) Meeting – Learn radiation basics!

When: 6 p.m., April 8, 2015

Where: Red Lion Hanford House, 802 George Washington Way, Richland, WA  (Columbia/Benton-Franklin Room)

Who:  Richard Bloom, vice-chairman of the HAB’s Health Safety and Environmental Protection (HSEP) Committee, and Dr. Tony Brooks, HSEP member and former head of the DOE low dose program, will present a Radioactive Primer developed by a working group within the HSEP, as well as provide a demonstration of radiological monitoring equipment provided by the Washington State Department of Health.

Why: The presentation is intended to provide a basic understanding of radiological terms and effects.  For example:

  • Types, sources and pathways of ionizing radiation
  • Ways radiation is measured and the units that are used
  • Potential exposure to radiation from different sources
  • Radiation regulatory limits and the concept of “as low as reasonably achievable” (ALARA). 
  • How individual doses vary widely from background and medical exposure
  • Cancer risk associated with radiation, including the interactions between factors that can lead to greater risk and factors that can act as risk magnifiers
  • The linear dose response prediction that cancer risk is present at even extremely low doses
  • Differing views on the risks of radiation
  • Cancer risk is proportional to exposure, and occupational limits are set at ALARA levels to minimize the risk of cancer in comparison to other risks

 

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