Problem

Excessive occupational exposure to radiation

Background:

Although the data may be incomplete, the population dose due to occupationally exposed persons should not exceed 1% of the natural background radiation, even after allowing for an increased use of nuclear energy.

Incidence:

The radiation exposure of the majority of persons professionally engaged in handling radiation sources and radioactive substances is less than about 1 rem per year, or less than one fifth of the maximum permissible dose allowed for radiation exposure of the gonads. A number of countries have reported that the genetic dose to the whole population arising from the dose received by occupationally exposed persons, who constitute only a small fraction of the total population, is about 0.1 - 0.2 mrem per year.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
02.10.2019 – 17:50 CEST