[ RadSafe ] Communicating with the public and the press

Clayton J Bradt CJB01 at health.state.ny.us
Tue Aug 20 12:37:32 CDT 2013


I think "safe" is easy as no quantification is necessary. In the common
usage: Riding a bike is safe. Driving a car is safe. Crossing the street is
safe. Spending a day at the beach is safe. Having a few drinks with friends
is safe. Travelling by commercial airline is safe. And doing all of these
things regularly is safe.

Exposure to low levels of radiation compares favorably with these sorts of
everyday activities and can be accurately described as "safe".

Clayton Bradt
Principal Radiophysicist
NYS Dept. of Health

Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:34:41 +0000
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I would also be careful using the term "safe". A few years ago a request
came into N13 to consider forming a Working Group to define what is safe,
and this was rejected since it is not something that easily defines
quantitatively or qualitatively.



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