February 20 2020

Board of Health Hosting Presentation on Radiation in Everyday Life


Learn about how radiation is used in modern society and the benefits it provides and the potential danger it can pose.


Interested members of the public are invited to attend a presentation on “Radiation in Every Day Life” at a meeting of the Burlington Volunteer Reserve Corps (BVRC) on Monday, March 16 at 6:30 pm, a release from the Board of Health states.  

Jennifer O'Riorden, Physicist and Radiation Safety Officer at Lahey Medical Center, will be conducting the presentation. Participants will receive a broad overview of what radiation is, where it is found and how it is used in everyday life (e.g. medical, industrial, etc.).  There will be a discussion of what can go wrong with radiation, how radiation is portrayed in the media and how this can affect public opinion. Participants will be shown equipment to detect radiation, such as a Geiger counter and other instruments, and will be provided with reference materials.

O'Riorden studied Physics at Suffolk University and is currently a graduate student in the Healthcare Emergency Management Program at Boston University Medical School. Prior to working at Lahey Medical Center, she worked in health physics and radiation safety at several major Boston Research Hospitals. She also teaches Radiation Biology and Catastrophe Management at Suffolk University and. volunteers as a ROSS (Radiological Operations Support Specialist) with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The BVRC is a volunteer organization whose members are ready to provide assistance to the Burlington Community in the event of an emergency, such as widespread power outages, pandemic disease outbreaks, or severe weather emergencies. BVRC members participate in trainings, exercises, and drills to become better prepared for emergency situations. In addition, BVRC members provide assistance to the Board of Health during flu clinics, household hazardous waste collections, blood pressure screenings, and other public health initiatives.  

“Please join us on March 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Grandview Farm, 55 Center Street and RSVP to 781-270-1955,” the Board of Health says. “If you are unable to attend the meeting and are interested in finding out more about the BVRC, please call the Board of Health at 781-270-1955 or email boh@burlington.org.”


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