Answer to Question #7167 Submitted to "Ask the Experts"

Category: Industrial Radiation — Industrial Applications

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Q

I want to know how to evaluate the design of a 60Co exposure room for industrial use. I also need to know the calculation for shielding to provide safe operation of the facility and minimum exposure to radiation workers.

A

The information you need is in the ANSI/HPS N43.3-2008 Standard, "Radiation Safety for Installations Using Non-Medical X-Ray and Sealed Gamma-Ray Sources, Energies up to 10 MeV."

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John P. Hageman, MS, CHP
 

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