Z94.13 - Occupational Health & Safety

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QUALITY FACTOR (QF). The factor by which absorbed dose in rads (q.v.) is multiplied to obtain effective or equivalent dose in rem.  Sometimes used interchangeably with relative biological effectiveness (RBE), a term which should be limited to research applications.  Typical QFs are: x-ray = 1, beta = 1, alpha = 20, protons = 10, fast neutrons = 10. 

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