Control of Substances Hazardous to Health - COSHH Level 2 (VTQ)

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Understanding Radiation Safety Regulations in the UK

Radiation Applications and Risks

Radiation is utilised in various sectors across the UK, but it poses potential exposure risks that require effective control.

Types of Radiation

There are two main types of radiation:

  • Ionising radiation: Includes electromagnetic rays (e.g., X-rays, gamma rays) and particles (e.g., alpha, beta particles).
  • Non-ionising radiation (NIR): Encompasses optical radiation (e.g., UV, visible, infrared) and electromagnetic fields (e.g., power frequencies, microwaves, radio frequencies).

Regulations and Dose Limits

To protect workers and the public from ionising radiation, dose limits are set to balance risks and benefits. These limits are defined in UK legislation.

HSE Regulations and Guidance

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regulates work involving radiation exposure. Their policies are influenced by organisations such as the World Health Organisation and the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection.

Pregnancy and Radiation Exposure

It's advisable to inform your employer if you're pregnant to ensure necessary protection measures are applied, although it's not legally required.