|MadSci Network: Physics|
If an ionizing agent is present in an enclosed place, the preacautions to be observed are manifold. Firstly, the possible direct ionization can be potentially lethal. It can cause severe skin burn, damage eye lens and can also induce many biological effects if the agent is a penetrating radiation type. Apart from that, in spite of best precautions to avoid direct ionization, it is possible that such ionizing agents can cause noxious gases such as NO2, N2O2, O3(Ozone) and so on. These noxious gases are highly oxidizing agents and can cause lot of damage to respiratory system if inhaled for prolonged time or if present at very high concentration. This problem is very common in high intensity irradiators such as medical, industrial sterilizers, UV chambers, etc. The usual precautions to be taken are delay and exhaust so that these noxious gases would either decay or be driven away from the working area.
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