Answer to Question #10885 Submitted to "Ask the Experts"
Category: Radiation Workers
The following question was answered by an expert in the appropriate field:
I recently shook the hand of someone who frequents a nuclear power plant and has full access into the entire plant. I want to know if nuclear power plant workers carry any radioactive particles with them outside of the plant. I am concerned about any transfer of particles from the handshake. Also, do people who work inside the plant carry any radioactivity on them outside the plant, including those who work in contaminated areas as well as noncontaminated areas?
Thank you for your question. It's safe to shake the hand of a nuclear power plant worker.
Nuclear plant workers who enter areas where there may be radiation/radioactivity are screened for radioactive contamination upon exiting. They cannot "carry" radioactivity on them outside of the plant.
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