Chapter 21. What MSDS Should Present About NORM Radioactivity: Technical and Regulatory issues

  1. John B. Wachtman Jr.
  1. Jean-Claude Dehmel and
  2. Patrick Kelly

Published Online: 26 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470314616.ch21

A Collection of Papers Presented at the 96th Annual Meeting and the 1994 Fall Meetings of the Materials & Equipment/Whitewares/Refractory Ceramics/Basic Science: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 16, Issue 1

A Collection of Papers Presented at the 96th Annual Meeting and the 1994 Fall Meetings of the Materials & Equipment/Whitewares/Refractory Ceramics/Basic Science: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 16, Issue 1

How to Cite

Dehmel, J.-C. and Kelly, P. (1995) What MSDS Should Present About NORM Radioactivity: Technical and Regulatory issues, in A Collection of Papers Presented at the 96th Annual Meeting and the 1994 Fall Meetings of the Materials & Equipment/Whitewares/Refractory Ceramics/Basic Science: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 16, Issue 1 (ed J. B. Wachtman), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470314616.ch21

Author Information

  1. S. Cohen & Associates, Inc., McLean, VA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1995

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470375341

Online ISBN: 9780470314616

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Keywords:

  • NORM;
  • MSDS;
  • hazards;
  • technical;
  • regulatory

Summary

The distribution of products containing increased levels of naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM) suggests that material safety data sheets (MSDS) present correctly and concisely hazards information. Such information includes radioactive constituents, data characterizing radioactivity levels and types of radiation emissions, health hazard information, applicable exposure limits, protective measures and first aid, shipping requirements, disposal criteria, and special instructions. Because of the presence of radioactivity, the data must be presented in proper balance and be accurate but not be unduly alarming, and yet meet the intent of the MSDS. Some entries might be generic, while others are product-specific. Based on a review of MSDS distributed with products, this paper presents examples of misleading or erroneous information entries. The paper also suggests MSDS entries and identifies sources of information for completing MSDS.