[ RadSafe ] Re: Costs of "rad protection"?

parthasarathy k s ksparth at yahoo.co.uk
Tue Oct 25 23:13:26 CDT 2005

Dear Dr.Dahlskog,
I thought that  contamination problem was associated  with a static eliminator using Polonium-210 as source.

"Dahlskog, Leif" <Leif.Dahlskog at health.wa.gov.au> wrote:
>parthasarathy k s wrote:-
>I did not know that Radium-226 is used in lightning arresters?
Polonium-210 used to be one of
>the isotopes; because of its relatively short half life, the activity
used must be high 

Yes Po-210 rings a bell. Was there not some issue with some Po-210
sources used which resulted in the leaking of the 'microspheres' used to
contain them? I don't recall the specifics.

Leif Dahlskog
Radiation Health Branch
Department of Health, Western Australia
Ph (+61 8) 9346 2260
Fax (+61 8) 9381 1423

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