My fellow office mates (rad techs all) agree thIS photo deserves its own post. (Click to enlarge)
Initially I said no one would die from radiation during this event, and offered to bet my life against anything you care to name. No one accepted. Thank you.
After the fuel pool explosions I chickened out. The bet changed to my life against yours, and volunteers for “suicide missions” didn’t count. No one accepted.
I now retract the bet entirely. You had your chance.
Because…damn. Either these are insanely terrible rad workers with no rad tech support whatsoever, or Fukushima is press-ganging people with no idea of what to do.
Respirator goes inside hood, not over. Tyvex is not airproof!
And, even if Japanese Tyvex is, it’s still wrong. Even if it’s also puncture-proof, it’s still wrong. Unless, along with their annual physical exam and respirator training, they wear the respirators exactly like that during the annual “mask fit”.
And I’d bet my li…liver…little finger…library….linen that they don’t!
(Just so you know, the “mask fit” is to conclusively prove you can get a good tight seal between the respirator and your skin. Then it’s your job to ensure your seal at work. No one else can do it for you.)
This is terrible. Just terrible. No, I’m sure it’s not a lethal mistake. But if there’s airborne stuff present they’ll avoid an uptake only by luck, not skill. Plus, people going into IDLH (“Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health”) atmospheres must wear SCBAs (Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus).
Well, here anyway.
But if they’re pulling stunts like this, what else are they doing?!
Please take care of yourselves, neighbors! I like almost everything about your people and culture!