DOE Openness: Human Radiation Experiments: What's New
Radiation Safety Reports, 1954-1963
Originating Office: Radiation Safety Department
Finding Aids: Y-12 Mercury Task Force Database Printout; Mercury at Y-12 (Y/EX-24) Bibliography
Disposition AuthorityPermanent Collection
Series Description: This record series contains documents produced by the Y-12 Radiation Safety Department. The majority of these records consist of daily solvent air sampling results from October 1955 to August 1963. Mercury measurements are reported in milligrams/cubic meter (mg/m3) for buildings 9201-4, 9201-5, and 9201-2. Other records pertain to the exposure of personnel to mercury in buildings 9201-4 and 9201-5, and urinalysis reports for the period from 1954 to 1960. Documents describing the use of respirators to safeguard workers against mercury vapor and the decontamination of mercury work areas during 1956 are included.
Solvent Hazards Committee, 1955-1956: This is a subseries which evaluated air contamination data for building 9201-5 to determine if the existing ventilation system could be improved to supply greater air circulation and reduce concentration of mercury vapor. These records consist mainly of memoranda, correspondence, minutes, and copies of procedures developed by the Solvent Hazards Committee for safeguarding the workplace and workforce against mercury exposure, including statements on the use of respirators and protective clothing. Air sampling data milligrams/cubic meter (mg/m3) of mercury and urinalysis data milligrams/liter (mg/l) of mercury are included.
Data Elements: 62, 68, 75, 81, 107