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
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