Benefits of Cobalt-60
- Able to sterilise items that would become damaged by heat-sterilisation
- Able to extend shelf life of foods that have been sterilised in this manner
- Sensitive, precise monitoring equipment
- Sterilization of medical/food supplies
- Examination of buildings/pipes / weld for faults or cracks.
- Its long half-life means that it can be left within metal objects so that routine checks can be made without replacement,
- It is convenient and cost-effective for industrial use
- Its radiation emission levels are relatively low, making exposure to workers in an industrial environment safer.