Ionizing Radiation

Radiation can be either non-ionizing or ionizing. Non-ionizing radiation examples include radio waves, microwaves, heat, visible light and ultraviolet radiation.

Radiation can also be ionizing, radiation that emits charged particles produced when electrons are removed from atoms. Ionizing radiation includes x-rays and gamma rays. It is this type of radiation that can change cells in the body by breaking the chemical bonds holding molecules together, including DNA molecules.

There are several regulations in place to protect workers from this ionizing radiation, with some protections specific to particular industries.


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