Several NIST Workers Exposed to Radiation on Gaithersburg Campus

The National Institute of Standards and Technology reported that several of its workers were exposed to elevated levels of radiation at a research reactor in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

“At approximately 9:15 a.m. EST, Feb. 3, 2021, staff at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) responded to an alert of elevated radiation levels in the confinement building of the NIST Center for Neutron Research on its Gaithersburg, Maryland, campus,” said the NIST’s statement. 

The incident occurred during the restart of the research reactor after a regularly scheduled maintenance period.

NIST reassured the public that workers who were exposed to the radiation have been undergoing standard decontamination and evaluation.

NIST added that no radiation has leaked outside the building due to their filtration systems. 

“All systems appear to have worked as designed and all protocols were followed in a timely manner. NIST will continue to evaluate data from air monitors and other sensors to ensure the health and safety of our campus and local community,” said NIST.

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