September 12, 2016 @ 5:40 PM

At the beginning of almost every HAZMAT class I teach I always poll the classroom for their point of view and level of knowledge.  One of the questions I ask is based on the following 3 hazards, which one would you rather work with?  Chemical? Radiation? Biological? There is no right or wrong answer, but I want to know where they are “coming from”. 

My rational is that a Radiation hazard is most easiest to manage because it is measurable and well studied and thus more manageable.  There are finite radioactive isotopes that occur in nature about 3000 in laboratories as opposed to approximately 80,000 pathogens, and another 80 to 100,000 chemicals that are in marketplace.

Biological hazards are often ...

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