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Radiation safety

Radiation contingency planning

The department has assignments within the national as well as regional preparedness against nuclear accidents and radiological emergencies.

At the national level, the Department has an agreement with the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) to perform various types of measurements in the event of a domestic or foreign nuclear accident or the like, resulting in the release of radioactive substances. At the regional level, the department has a partnership with the provincial government in Halland County to be able to help in an accident at the nuclear power plant at Ringhals. The assignments consist of carrying out personal measurements and inform at the reception sites used in the evacuation, and to assist with indicator leaders at the county administrative command. The indicator function involves directing measurement patrols and to receive and evaluate the measurement results, which can then form the basis for decisions on actions.

About radiation

(The following text is translated from the SSM home page, which also has more information on radiation and radiation safety)

In the natural human environment has always contained radiation. It comes from outer space, the sun and radioactive materials in the ground and in your own body.

Over the last century, humans have developed methods to create and take advantage of radiation in research, medicine and industry, for example, by using X-ray technology and using uranium in nuclear reactors. The radiation may be useful to you, but it can also hurt you.

Different types of radiation have different properties

Radiation can be classified into ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. Ionizing radiation is so energetic that it can dislodge electrons from the atoms it hits and turn them into positively charged ions, ionization. Examples of ionizing radiation are X-rays and radiation from radioactive substances.

The energy of non-ionizing radiation such as optical radiation and electromagnetic fields are not as strong as that of ionizing and can not ionize materials. Examples of non-ionizing radiation is radiation from the sun and electromagnetic fields, such as by radio waves from mobile phones and magnetic fields from power lines and various appliances.

Contact Information

Department of Radiation Physics

Gula Stråket 2B, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, 413 45, Göteborg

Visiting Address:
Radiation Physics building, Sahlgrenska University Hospital

+46 31 34 27976

Radiation Safety Expert

Mats Isaksson
Professor/Medical Physicist
Tel: +46 31 34 23849

Page Manager: Johan Spetz|Last update: 10/26/2014

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