The radiation suit Homer Moulthrop designed in 1954 for AEC-General Electric Hanford


Most of the work in atomic plants is done by machines so that men will not be exposed to deadly radiation. But to do certain delicate repair jobs in those zones where radioactive dust is the only danger, men have to walk right into badly contaminated rooms. Up to now they have had to wear bulky clothing which had to be buried after one use, made working awkward and gave only uncertain protection, sometimes requiring the wearer to undergo decontamination scrubbings that hurt his skin.

Now a new airtight, paper-thin suit has been devised which gives a worker more freedom to move about and more protection against plutonium dust. Designed by Homer Moulthrop of the AEC-General Electric Hanford plutonium plant at Richland, Wash., it is made of polyethylene plastic which keeps the deadly dust off the workerțs skin and out of his lungs. With Moulthropțs new suit, a technician simply dons oridinary coveralls, straps on a face mask through which he gets fresh air, and crawls into the suit along its long tunnellike tail which opens into adjoining room.



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