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Transport Safety
Introduction
 
Why do we need to transport radioactive materials? Radioactive materials have been used to enhance the quality of our lives for over a century. Today, all manner of products that we take for granted are dependent upon the reliable transport of radioactive materials from manufacturer to end user. Several examples of such applications are described in below. * In health care radioactive materials are used to diagnose and treat illnesses such as cancer, heart disease and organ failure. Eighty percent of surgical gloves and nearly 50% of disposable medical devices are sterilized using radioactive materials. * In industry radioactive materials are used for non-destructive testing, thereby supporting the construction and safety control of cars, airplanes, bridges and buildings. They are also used to produce improved plastics, detergents and semiconductors. * In our homes and work places, smoke detectors and energy saving lights often contain small quantities of radioactive material. Some foods, packagings and the natural ingredients in cosmetics and...

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