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radiation

You may not work in a nuclear facility, but we are all exposed to a certain level of radiation every day. Some jobs may expose you to more than others though; for example if your job involves a lot of flying, or if you work in one of the parts of the UK with high levels of naturally-occurring radon gas. Read on to find out more about the risks and how they can be managed.

  • What is radiation?  more...
  • Am I exposed to radiation?  more...
  • Which types of radiation are harmful?  more...
  • I work outdoors. How can I protect my skin from UV radiation?  more...
  • What about mobile phones?  more...
  • What about ionising radiation?  more...
  • Am I exposed to more radiation if I work as an airline cabin attendant?  more...
  • What about radon at work?  more...
  • What about wireless internet (Wi-Fi) connections?  more...

further information

The Health and Safety Executive's radiation webpages feature publications and resources on both ionising and non-ionising radiation.

The Unison website has an Information Sheet on mobile phone use.

The TUC web pages on mobile phones information sheet (PDF), available online in the safety section of the Unison website.

The Department of Health has an advice leaflet on mobile phones and health available online in the publications section of the DoH website.

The Health Protection Agency radiation web pages include information on radon in the workplace, mobile phones and wireless networks.

The World Health Organisation has information on ionising radiation available online.

The Sitefinder website, hosted by telecomms regulator OfCom, provides information on mobile phone base stations and their emissions.