Post: Understanding Radiation Safety: Protecting Yourself and Others from Harmful Radiation Exposure

Understanding Radiation Safety: Protecting Yourself and Others from Harmful Radiation Exposure

Radiation safety is a crucial concern for anyone working in industries that utilize radiation-emitting equipment, such as medical imaging, nuclear power plants, and industrial manufacturing. The risks of radiation exposure to human health are well-established, and the potential for long-term harm underscores the need for strict radiation safety protocols.

These protocols include the use of protective equipment such as radiation safety glasses and lead safety shields, as well as the implementation of strict work practices to minimize exposure. It is also essential for workers to receive thorough training in radiation safety to understand the risks and best practices for avoiding exposure.

By adhering to radiation safety guidelines and utilizing protective products, workers can minimize their risk of radiation-induced harm and ensure their safety in the workplace.

RADIATION PROTECTION EQUIPMENT

Professionals working in environments where exposure to x-ray radiation is possible use radiation safety glasses as part of their Personal Protective Equipment. While various other forms of radiation exist, including laser, ultraviolet, infrared, and even solar radiation, in the context of radiation safety and the use of protective glasses we refer to x-ray radiation.

If your work involves regular exposure to x-ray radiation, such as with fluoroscopy procedures, it is imperative to observe appropriate radiation safety measures. While individuals with infrequent exposure to x-ray radiation may not be at risk of significant harm, those with regular exposure are susceptible to the accumulation of such radiation in their bodies, potentially leading to permanent and severe health complications.

Although modern x-ray equipment typically emits low levels of radiation, it is important to understand that the risks of x-ray exposure can accumulate over time, with regular exposure increasing the likelihood of adverse effects. For example, research has established a link between prolonged exposure to standard levels of x-ray radiation and heightened risk of cataracts.

For protection against such risks, lead glasses are the ideal solution. With glass lenses that have lead in them, radiation safety glasses feature a 0.75mm lead equivalency, meaning they block x-rays as well as a 0.75mm sheet of pure lead. This is currently the standard for protection.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN RADIATION SAFETY GLASSES

The most important thing when shopping radiation safety glasses is to make sure your lead glasses will fully protect you during radiation procedures. At Phillips Safety, all our radiation glasses have  high quality, distortion-free SF-6 Schott glass radiation-reducing lenses with 0.75mm Pb lead equivalency protection.

Radiation safety glasses come in various shapes, sizes, and materials, depending on the intended use and level of radiation protection needed. For instance, there are wraparound radiation glasses that provide full coverage of the eye area, shielding the eyes from all angles. Some glasses come with side shields that offer additional protection from lateral exposure. At Phillips Safety, our radiation glasses with side shields offer a lateral protection of 0.50mm Pb LE. 

Other lead glasses are designed with lightweight materials such as nylon or polycarbonate for maximum comfort, especially for long hours of use. Additionally, certain glasses feature anti-fog coatings or tinted lenses that improve visibility in certain conditions. Phillips Safety offers a wide range of options, including radiation safety goggles and radiation safety masks. Plus, it is possible to purchase separate leaded side shields to be added to your eyewear.

When purchasing radiation safety glasses, goggles, face masks or even side shields, it is essential to confirm what level of lead protection they provide. At Phillips Safety this information is always included at the description of the products, as well as under “Protection Level” in the the Production Information tab.

MORE RADIATION PROTECTIVE PRODUCTS FOR WORKPLACE SAFETY

In addition to radiation safety glasses, lead safety shields are another crucial component of radiation protection, particularly for those who work with x-ray machines. These shields are usually made of lead or lead-free materials and are placed around the patient’s body to block scattered radiation and reduce the overall dose of radiation received during a procedure.

Lead safety shields at Phillips Safety come in various sizes and shapes to accommodate different body types and areas of interest. For instance, there are shields that are ceiling mounted, standing mobile, arm overheads, and pleated table shields. With them, the amount of radiation exposure to the body is reduced, which can help to mitigate the risks of radiation-induced health complications.

Don’t hesitate to check out Phillips Safety’s collection of radiation safety products. We are confident that you will find the perfect solution for your needs with the features and specifications you want.

If you still aren’t sure which radiation safety product is right for you, it’s a good idea to give us a call at 1-866-575-1307 or talk to us through our chat or e-mail us at service@phillips-safety.com

Our radiation experts will be able to tell you what you need for your application.

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