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And in Canada from The Atomic Energy Control Board, Post Office Box 1046, Ottawa, Canada. In the United Kingdom, registration must be made in Scotland with the Scottish Development Department in Edinburgh and in Ireland, England and Wales, with the Ministry of Housing and Local Government. In this chapter, the laws and regulations which are in force in the United Kingdom are considered briefly along with the steps which must be taken to ensure they are adhered to. Radioactive Substances Act (1960) This Act was introduced to control the disposal and accumulation of radioactive waste.

32 A GUIDE TO RADIATION PROTECTION The idea of half thickness is not used with charged particles since, as was mentioned in chapter 4, charged particles are either stopped in material or else they all pass through. Thus if 10 alpha particles fall on a piece of paper, all the alpha particles will pass through but with a reduced energy which means they will be moving more slowly. When the paper becomes a certain thickness all the alpha particles will be stopped in the paper-the thickness is called the range of the alpha particle for that material.

Labels should be moistened with a wash bottle, not by mouth. Protective gloves and clothing should be worn and these should be monitored for contamination after use. 2. Where required the sources should be handled in fume cupboards connected directly to the outside atmosphere. The sources should be moved in double containers. For example, the ampoule containing a source can be moved using the container in which it is normally supplied. In the United Kingdom, chemical inspectors will give advice on the preparation of a suitable laboratory.

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