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The ALARA approach used by the NRC assumes that any exposure to ionizing radiation carries some risk. The risk is assumed to be linear, so as one's exposure increases, so does the risk of adverse health effects. Instead of operating at or just below permissible exposure limits, one must stay as far below the exposure limits as possible. This affords a wider margin of error should a control fail or malfunction - one's exposure level may rise but still stay below the acceptable limit.
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The personal protective equipment and other information on the MSDS should assist you in the task of keeping your exposure levels ALARA. New work practices and procedures can also help you in your quest for ALARA excellence. There are few laboratory chemicals without hazards so consider using ALARA practices with every chemical.
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