Do you know what ionising radiation is?
Such radiation is found in:
- gamma rays
- radiation from radioactive sources and sources of naturally occurring radiation, such as radon gas
If you work in manufacturing, construction, engineering, oil and gas production, non-destructive testing, medical and dental sectors, education and research establishments (eg universities and colleges) and nuclear workplaces, you may be exposed to ionising radiations.
Beyond certain thresholds, radiation can impair the functioning of tissues and/or organs and can produce acute effects such as skin redness, hair loss, radiation burns, or acute radiation syndrome. There is still a risk of long-term effects such as cancer.
Depending on the ionising radiation work being carried out, employers may need to apply to the Health and Safety Executive to:
- notify of the work
- register the work
- get consent for the work
It is vital to be educated on this type of radiation. We cover this topic as well as many others such as biological and chemical hazards, fire and electrical hazards and much more in NEBOSH General and Construction courses.
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