Use of Radiation Dosimeter Badges in Oil and Gas Workers

Posted: 1 Nov 2017

Date Written: November 1, 2016


Extraction of oil and gas from shale requires use of modern techniques that combine horizontal drilling and high volume hydraulic fracturing. These modern techniques produce large volumes of soil and wastewaters that can contain radium 226, radium 224 and other forms of radiation. Increase in drilling activity provides jobs; but it also exposes workers to radiation risks. This study reviews the relative risk of workers in different sectors of the oil and gas industry and suggests protective equipment for workers, including but not limited to use of radiation dosimeter badges. The study also suggests the need for regulation and discusses the relative roles of state and federal government in protecting workers both directly involved in the oil and gas industry and downstream workers who may also have radiation exposure depending on disposal practices.

Presentation to the 2016 American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Exposition, Denver, Colorado

Suggested Citation

Geltman, Elizabeth, Use of Radiation Dosimeter Badges in Oil and Gas Workers (November 1, 2016). Available at SSRN:

Elizabeth Geltman (Contact Author)

CUNY School of Public Health ( email )

55 W 125th St
New York, NY 10027
United States

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