Do you use, or are you exposed to radiation as part of your work? Our new suite of occupational exposure factsheets have been designed to keep you informed about the type of radiation you may be exposed to, any possible health effects and how to adequately protect yourself.
In Australia, skin cancer accounts for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers each year and UV radiation from the sun is one of the leading causes of skin cancer. With high UV radiation year-round in many parts of Australia, people who regularly work outside face a higher risk of developing cancer from sun exposure.
Emergency exposure situations require prompt action in order to avoid or reduce adverse consequences. Uncertainty surrounding the ionising radiation types and exposure pathways is likely, particularly in the early stages of an emergency exposure situation. This factsheet provides an overview to protect emergency workers and helpers from exposure to ionising radiation during an emergency.
All occupations undertaken outdoors will result in exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) from the sun. Some occupations, particularly in the manufacturing industry, will be exposed to artificial sources of UVR. Protective measures are advised for workers exposed to UVR in order to minimise potential health risks.
Workers involved in the mining and milling of uranium ores are occupationally exposed to ionising radiation. Current industry exposures are low; regulations and required controls minimise the risk to health.
Occupational exposure to extremely low frequency electric and magnetic fields is normally low but can be elevated for certain occupations. There are international guidelines for limiting exposure to workers and there are no established health effects below these limits.
While medical radiation accounts for over 95 per cent of the population’s artificial radiation exposure, the occupational risk for veterinary workers is very low, with good practice. Exposures in veterinary practice can be more variable than in other occupations using ionising radiation.
Occupational exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation (RF EMR) is normally low but certain workers can be exposed to high levels if controls are not in place. There is no established evidence that occupational exposure to RF EMR causes long-term health effects.