Question: Can you touch uranium?

Its relatively safe to handle. Its weakly radioactive and is primarily an alpha particle emitter. Alpha particles are very large so they cant really penetrate your outer layers of dead skin to damage living tissue. Just wash your hands afterward.

How dangerous is it to touch uranium?

Because uranium decays by alpha particles, external exposure to uranium is not as dangerous as exposure to other radioactive elements because the skin will block the alpha particles. Ingestion of high concentrations of uranium, however, can cause severe health effects, such as cancer of the bone or liver.

Is it safe to touch depleted uranium?

While there may be some question as to whether exposure on the battlefield could potentially be harmful to soldiers and civilians in the area, discarded depleted uranium, when safely stored in facilities, has been found to be safe for the public.

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