Radiation Protection Glossary

A radiation protection glossary for Radiation Protection Supervisors (RPS) and anyone interesting in radiation safety terminology. The glossary is a mixture of health physics terms, and phrases related to radiation legislation, transport, practical safety and similar.

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Occupational Exposure

With respect to Radiation Protection, occupational exposure is an exposure which occurs during work with sources of Ionising Radiation. For example, exposures received from working on a nuclear reactor, in nuclear reprocessing or by a dental nurse taking X-Rays would be classed as Occupational. This is distinct from Medical Exposures which are for the benefit of the patient.

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– Gerhard Herzberg