Plutonium: biological information
Plutonium has no biological role.
Levels in humans
- Human abundance by weight: (no data) ppb by weight
- Human abundance by atoms: (no data) atoms relative to C = 1000000
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Hazards and Risks
Hazards and risks associated with plutonium:
Plutonium does not occur to any significant extent in the biosphere and so normally should not present a risk. However, it is now found in small quantities in some areas within the biosphere as a result of fallout from atomic bombs and from radiation leaks from nuclear facilities. It constitutes an extreme radiation hazard when even small quantities are assembled in one place. Because of the high rate of emission of α particles and the element specifically being absorbed by bone marrow, plutonium is an extreme radiological poison which must be handled only be properly trained expert personnel using very special equipment and precautions. Such personnel and equipment exist in very few locations around the world. Permitted levels of exposure to plutonium are the lowest of any element.
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