Ill Effects of Radiation and Toxic Substances

Health Hazards Some activities or jobs deal with radiation and toxic substances. Working in a nuclear plant or in a mining company may have health risks. When you are exposed to these substances or dangerous radiation for a long time, it may lead to diseases. Some of these health risks may be treated through medication but some may lead to death.

Radiation Sickness

Radiation sickness may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, and fever. At higher levels of radiation, it may be fatal. Though your body responds and tries to fix the damage, severe cases have already spread all throughout your internal organs. If you are working for the Department of Energy, the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program or EEOICP provides medical benefits to affected employees, survivors, contractors and subcontractors.

Radiogenic Cancer

Radiation can easily enter your body damaging your biological cells. It can cause cancer or even genetic defects on your future offspring. You might be wondering why you don’t acquire cancer when you are exposed to radiation every day like the one emanating from your television. For radiation to be fatal, it would take a large number of radiation particles to cause cancer. This is the reason people working for a nuclear plant who is exposed to radiation for a much longer time is most likely to develop cancer.

Chronic Beryllium Disease

Berylliosis or Chronic Beryllium Disease occur when beryllium dust is inhaled. This can develop right after the exposure, or even 40 years later. Whether it is in powder or solid form, beryllium can cause allergies or irritation if it comes into contact with broken skin.

Nuclear plants practice proper radiation control as well as waste management; there is still a possibility for you to acquire diseases. It is still a relief though that the government agencies implements programs to support the people affected. The benefits provided by the EEOICP are a great help for the employee or for their survivor.

Ill effects of radiation or toxic substances may be prevented. Learn to read the symptoms and always follow your office’s protocol. Remember, prevention is better than cure.