It's not hard to shield against caesium; I wouldn't worry if I were her. The energy
is less than 1 MEV by a long shot; only a few hundred thousand KEV, if I recall
correctly. Enough to ionize upon contact, but it doesn't require much more than a
lead-lined room to keep it shielded.
"Elmer L. Fairbank" wrote:
> At 09:31 11/9/2002 -0700, M Marc wrote:
> >I was in one of the classrooms at Parirenwatwa Hospital (formerly Sir Sanford
> >Fleming Hospital) in Harare, Zimbabwe, about 7 or 8 years ago, and saw a
> >of what happened when a janitor picked up a small vial of caesium powder
> >and put
> >it in his pocket (it was a lesson on the need for proper storage security
> >-- this
> >kind of incident would be unthinkable in an OECD country's hospital. One would
> >hope, anyway). He only had it for a day before he gave it to a doctor,
> <sparing of details>
> How comforting. My office is sandwiched between a plant growth room and
> Cesium storage.
> Till the glow-worm
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