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RR658: Physiological safety of airfed suit use during nuclear decommissioning

Literature review


The amount of decommissioning work being carried out in the Nuclear Industry has increased substantially over recent years and is likely to continue increasing. Whilst such work may sometimes be conducted using remotely operated mechanical handling equipment, in many situations this is not a reasonably practical solution. Most decommissioning operations require work to be done by employees working in potentially hazardous environments. Operatives conducting this work are required to wear Airfed suits (AFS) to minimise risks from radioactive particulate hazards.

This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.

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Updated 2010-03-19