On average, nuclear power workers receive a lower annual radiation dose than flight crew, and frequent flyers in 250 hours would receive 1 mSv. They are called in the vernacular Nuclear Nomads, Bio-Robots, Lumnizers, Glow Boys, Radium Girls, Fukushima 50, Liquidators, Atomic Gypsies, Gamma Sponges, Nuclear Gypsies, Genpatsu Gypsies, Nuclear Samurai and Jumpers. Don Hancock, Director of the Nuclear Waste Safety Program at the Southwest Research and Information Center, describes the theory of how nitrate salts in the absorbent of cat litter interacted with plutonium causing one or more 55-gallon drums stored in WIPP to rupture through a chemical reaction. which caused an inflagration.
Nuclear workers participate in accredited training programs that include training in specific tasks and segments on employee health and safety, radiation protection, and nuclear safety. The Chernobyl nuclear reactor meltdown occurred on April 26, 1986, in Ukraine, during a test of Unit 4 reactor systems. A 63-year-old asked this writer if the malignancy of the throat, which his 33-year-old daughter suffered, was probably due to possible radiation exposure he might have received while working at a nuclear power plant when he was 28 years old. In the study, researchers monitored 407,391 nuclear industry workers from 15 countries, including the U.
Based on those estimates, researchers say that about 1%-2% of all deaths among nuclear industry workers can be attributed to radiation exposure. As an additional safety measure, all workers will wear dosimeters to monitor their individual exposure levels. Occupational doses were also higher among those employed in the nuclear industry for more than or equal to 15 years (111 mSv) and among workers classified as health physicists (56 mSv). Hundreds of thousands of military and civilians in the United States received significant doses of radiation as a result of their participation in nuclear weapons tests and support for occupations and industries, including the production of nuclear fuel and weapons, and the mining of uranium, the milling and transportation of minerals.
Researchers reported that the analysis of the remaining Canadian nuclear workers (93.2 percent) provided no evidence of increased risk, and the risk estimate was consistent with the estimates that form the basis of radiation protection standards. Radioactive isotopes released in nuclear power plant accidents include iodine-131 (I-13), cesium-134 (Cs-13) and Cs-137.They indicate that at low doses, similar to those received by nuclear power plant workers, radiation risks, if any, are negligibly small.