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:

  • Injuries
  • Reputational harm
  • Psychological harm
  • Death
  • 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!