Do’s and Don’ts for Dosimeter Badges



The optically stimulated luminescence dosimeter (OSLD) won’t do much of a job measuring radiation if you don’t remember these do’s and don’ts:

Always store OSLDs away from any equipment with radioactive sources. This is so critical that the location must be approved by your radiation safety officer in writing. The OSLDs can pick up other equipment’s radiation, which throws off the OSLD’s readings.


Make sure Soldiers don’t take OSLDs with them when the mission ends.   OSLDs should be turned in and stored in the approved location if they’re to remain accurate.

Make one OSLD badge a control badge that never leaves the storage area. The control badge will be used as a measure of radiation in a normal environment.

When shipping OSLDs to TMDE, make sure the box is marked DO NOT X-RAY. If the box is x-rayed, there goes the OSLDs’ accuracy.

All of this also applies to the DT-236A wristwatch dosimeter. If your unit uses the DT-236A, follow the same precautions.


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