The Environment, Health and Safety Division coordinates assessments and controls of non-ionizing radiation (NIR) in order to provide a safe working environment for staff (Berkeley Lab employees, casual and participating visitors, affiliates, and subcontractors). NIR exposure hazards that are addressed include:
- Infrared light (light and infrared radiation)
- Magnetic fields
- Microwave radiation
- Radio frequency
- Artificial ultraviolet (UV) radiation
- Visible light
Contact us to arrange or perform an NIR assessment; establish, develop and review controls; and investigate all instances of suspected exposure.
Also refer to PUB-3000, Chapter 43 Non-ionizing Radiation
What You Need to Do if You Have Devices Generating NIR
If you have devices that are generating non-ionizing radiation, there are two key actions to take:
- Update your Work Planning and Control Activities. *
Note: this does not apply to visitors and guests (e.g. external ALS users) who do not need a Work Planning and Control Activity.
- Complete a hazard assessment.
This is a preliminary evaluation of the activity to determine if a more comprehensive exposure assessment is required. Hazard assessments can be performed by work leads, supervisors, workers or an EHS professional. Contact the NIR point of contact if assistance with the evaluation is needed.