Tritium encased in plastic: a few questions

My main question is, the Key fob being sold at  Deal Extreme, is it safe?   I seem to remember from one article that stated it is fairly safe as long as it remains exterior to the body (in other words, do grind it up and breath / snort it, and don't swallow it).

Is that a fair (generally) statement? I am started to question some of the things I find and read at wiki-im-pedia 
 
 

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lemonie7 years ago
I've known people who were "tritiated", they weren't concerned. Radio-iodine much, much more hazardous.

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Goodhart (author)  lemonie7 years ago
I remember when they finally discovered that the Glow in the dark numerals that were painted onto the Hamilton Watches (locally) were Radium infused paints and the workers started getting bouts of cancer (not that they were overly dangerous to the wearer, but the workers were totally unprotected).
 
That they were radium-based was known from the start, in an age where e.g. Bela Lugosi was speaking of Atomic-super-beings, the poisonous nature of radium hadn't been fully assessed / appreciated. I believe that the Curie's laboratory is still off-limits.
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Goodhart (author)  lemonie7 years ago
Yeah, sorry, I worded that very poorly: I meant that they discovered that the radium based paints they used, were hazardous to the workers.  I knew a few that had worked for the local Hamilton Watch factory.  That building is now, 1/3 apts. 1/3 kindergarten, and the remaining 1/3 is split between where I work, and another company that occupies the lower floors. 
 
And it's "clean" these days?

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Goodhart (author)  lemonie7 years ago
I doubt there are any workers (at least, not in the USA) painting Radium numerals on watch or clock faces.  At least not without some form of protection. If anything, a machine or machines does (do)  this in a class 7 clean room.

If it is still done, servicing those machines would be hazardous I would suppose....
 
I meant the building in which you work?

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Goodhart (author)  lemonie7 years ago
As far as I know :-)    Hmm, maybe I should invest in a Geiger counter, eh?   Just to be sure (or rent one maybe).
 
It would be interesting to approach the Kindergarten and ask if they'd allow you to perform a quick survey with "you know the history of this building?"...

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Goodhart (author)  lemonie7 years ago
In the era, and area, that would be looked on with great suspicion without so academic  backing of some sort, sadly.
 
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