Non-ionising radiation (NIR) is the term used to describe the part of the electromagnetic spectrum covering two main regions. Firstly, optical radiation (ultraviolet (UV), visible and infrared) and secondly, electromagnetic fields (EMFs) (power frequencies, microwaves and radio frequencies). The health effects primarily impact the eyes and skin e.g. sun burn.
For groups using UV or NIR they will find the HSE guidance helpful in developing controls.
Laser safety is dealt with as a separate topic at QMUL, although to some degree the regulators look at NIR and Lasers together.
- The Control of Artificial Optical Radiation at Work Regulations 2010
- Proposed for 2016: The Control of Electromagnetic Fields at Work Regulations 2016
Ultraviolet Radiation Guidance [PDF 180KB] [PDF 180 KB]
Steven Carter - Science & Engineering Health and Safety Manager and University Radiation Protection Officer