Los Alamos racquetball contamination incident [electronic resource].
- Los Alamos, N.M. : Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1985.
Oak Ridge, Tenn. : Distributed by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Dept. of Energy.
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- Pages: 5 : digital, PDF file
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- Los Alamos National Laboratory
United States. Department of Energy. Office of Scientific and Technical Information
- Several employees of the Los Alamos Plutonium Facility were found to have low levels of radioactivity on their hands and clothing when they arrived for work one morning. The initial concern was that the stringent contamination or material controls at the facility had failed, and that one or more of the employees had either accidentally or intentionally removed plutonium from the Laboratory premises. Fortunately, however, an investigation revealed that the source of the radioactivity was radon daughters electrostatically collected upon the surface of the racquetball and transferred by physical contact to the employees during an early morning racquetball game. This paper describes the events leading to the discovery of this phenomenon. 1 figure.
- Published through SciTech Connect.
18. midyear topical symposium of the Health Physics Society, Colorado Springs, CO, USA, 6 Jan 1985.
Stafford, R.G.; McAtee, J.L.; Prestwood, R.J.; Dowdy, E.J.
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