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X-ray machines

Hazard Knowledge

X-ray machines are used in many industries, including:

  • Engineering workshops
  • Medical facilities
  • Animal facilities
  • Food industry processes, to detect contaminants
  • Lawful detention facilities
  • Security facilities, such as at airports

X-rays can only be created through the application of a very high voltage, which may be hazardous in itself. However, as soon as the power supply is isolated, all X-ray emission ceases.

The level of radiation emitted from X-ray machines varies depending on their application; those used for detection purposes such as scanning baggage are less powerful than those used for medical purposes.