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Radiation Surveys

Radiation Surveys are conducted to evaluate employee exposure to ionising radiation, and recommend corrective actions where necessary.

Ionising radiation is a type of energy released by atoms that travels in the form of electromagnetic waves (gamma or X-rays) or particles (neutrons, beta or alpha). The spontaneous disintegration of atoms is called radioactivity. Radiation exposure may be internal or external, and can be acquired through various exposure pathways. Exposure to high doses of radiation can impair the functioning of tissues and / or organs and may result in acute effects such as skin redness, hair loss, radiation burns, or acute radiation syndrome. Whereas, prolonged or chronic exposure to ionising radiation may result in cancer, of which the likelihood is proportional to the radiation dose.

Ionising Radiation Surveys are conducted in terms of Regulation 8 (2)(d) of the OHSAct and Hazardous Substances Act and Section 11 of the Mine Health and Safety Act.