Radiological Health and Safety
Radiological Health and Safety includes response to nuclear power plant emergencies as well as response to radiological incidents. The program includes oversight and monitoring of the decommissioning activities at federal facilities where radioactive materials were used. This program also answers questions about historical radiological sites in Ohio and performs environmental assessments at chemical sites. In addition, this program maintains website updates, and the Bradiation email listserv account.
There are three factors which determine the amount of radiation received from a source: 1) time of exposure; 2) distance from source; and 3) shielding. At Ecomass Technologies, based upon the application, we optimize shielding by designing the material density and wall thickness to deliver the level of shielding the customer requires at the optimal price point. Utilizing a composite of tungsten powder in a polymeric matrix, Ecomass lead free radiation shielding materials provide device manufacturers and material processors with a completely lead-free, injection-moldable thermoplastic solution to overcome all regulatory concerns and satisfy radiation shielding needs. Moreover, our engineered x-ray and gamma ray shielding compounds are price competitive with other lead-free shielding materials.
As early as 1902 William Herbert Rollins wrote almost despairingly that his warnings about the dangers involved in careless use of x-rays was not being heeded, either by industry or by his colleagues. By this time Rollins had proved that x-rays could kill experimental animals, could cause a pregnant guinea pig to abort, and that they could kill a fetus.  He also stressed that "animals vary in susceptibility to the external action of X-light" and warned that these differences be considered when patients were treated by means of x-rays.