Radiation Contamination in Scrap Metal
4th November 2021
The unseen danger that may be hiding in your next scrap delivery
Radioactive sources can be found pretty much in every sector: health, industry, agriculture, research and in some cases in everyday life. A lot of these sources, having high activity, are a serious health issue for workers and the wider population. When a source is stolen, misplaced or simply discarded due to negligence, accidents or fortuities, the risk of radiation exposure can become a dramatic reality.
Unfortunately, these sources can find their way into batches of scrap metal. In the UK, around 10 sources a year per shredder site are found and the cost of their disposal is not only expensive, but it slows down on-site operations.
The consequences of a radiological accident can manifest themselves in a number of ways:
- Reputational harm
- Psychological harm
- Economic harm
What action should I be taking?
Southern Scientific has produced an information booklet that aims to help site managers identify the potential risks and provide solutions. To request your copy click the link below!