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Not sure if anyone will know the answer to this...my dad just got a 4-6 week job in a nuclear power plant. He will undoubtedly be exposed to radiation. They wear these meters that make sure they don't go over the supposed "safe" amount, and they take many precautions to decontaminate them before they leave (like by putting them in this vacuum that sucks all the radioactive particles off them) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"><br><br>
I wish he wouldn't take this job...but he has to. Does this pose any risk to my family by being around him? We usually see him every Sunday. He says it is like being around someone who had an xray- no big deal. But then I know someone who had that radioactive iodine stuff for thyroid cancer and couldnt be around her pets or kids for a while.<br><br>
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No, it doesn't.
 

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I worked around a reactor for 5 years (and probably will again down the road), DH is in the Navy and has worked around them since he was 17. I'm not concerned about any potential risks to my family, I would be more concerned if I lived near a coal power plant.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I worked around a reactor for 5 years (and probably will again down the road), DH is in the Navy and has worked around them since he was 17. I'm not concerned about any potential risks to my family, I would be more concerned if I lived near a coal power plant.</div>
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Yep, totally agree with these. My Dad has worked in them for 25+ years-- they are some of the safest places to work, period, because their rules are so stringent.
 

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The iodine pills are radioactive, and would irradiate people/animals nearby. Very minimally, but enough to take extra precautions. Your dad wouldn't have as much radioactive material on or in him, and he is "decontaminated" before he leaves and would probably also shower at home before he sees your family anyway. Very very minimal. Remember, we are exposed to sources of radiation all around us, from both natural sources and manmade technology.
 

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Thank you all <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I feel much better.
 

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My DP works in a nuclear power plant. The level of radiation she is exposed to (she also wears a monitor) is LOWER than what I am exposed to by being outside in the sun.<br><br>
Different jobs have different exposure levels, but none of them will cause a person to start radiating at a level that would be dangerous to others! Even people who have radiation treatment for cancer are not dangerous to bystanders, and they receive, in one day, 10X the legal limit for a YEAR of work in the nuclear industry.<br><br>
We're even planning on DP carrying our next child. She will be working throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding. She will be on a more restricted dose while pregnant, but I am not worried at all. The nuclear industry has very VERY stringent safety policies. I'd be more concerned if your dad was fixing up old houses (lead and asbestos exposure).
 
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