In medical labs, X-ray rooms, nuclear plants and even in research facilities, providing adequate protection from the dangers of radiation is a critical element of design and construction.

In the past, radiation shielding was relatively limited, particularly for significant sources of radiation. Today, there are a number of different products that can be used to create a very safe workspace in any type of application.

Bricks and Blocks

When significant radiation shielding is required, the use of lead bricks or interlocking blocks is often required. These two construction materials provide durable, solid walls, caves and vaults that can be used for temporary or permanent types of protective rooms and containers.

Construction Materials and Glass

In areas where medical or dental imaging is used or in other types of applications, there is a variety of different options in building materials that have lead-lining. These include lead-lined gypsum board as well as lead-lined plywood.

With these types of construction materials, there is a layering processed used in the manufacturing of the products, allowing for the lead to be out of sight and contact with the interior of the room. Additionally, these materials can include different thicknesses of radiation shielding to meet standards and requirements.

Glass that allows for high levels of visibility while also providing radiation shielding is another option to consider. This glass will be framed with lead lined window frames for complete protection.

Free Flow Lead Shot

To fill in gaps in material, free flow lead shot can be inserted into the gap. This resembles small balls, which will easily flow into gaps and spaces in walls or any type of barriers, providing about 70% of the density of solid lead.

Other applications may require custom machining of lead bar or sheet to create the parts and components to address construction needs. This requires a company with expertise in machining lead to ensure parts are made to the correct specifications.