Cosmic Radiation - A Legal and Medical Issue in Aviation

Research into the effects of different effects of radiation on human health has only recently been brought to light while the events in Hiroshima and Nagasaki have revived the interest in the research into the effects of ionizing radiation on organisms. Man has to live with radiation regardless of the risk. Protection efficiency is related to proper understanding of dangers coming from radiation and radiological contamination and protection methods. Knowledge of radiation protection is an important tool in the battle for survival on our planet. The public today still seems insufficiently informed when it comes to hazards brought about by natural sources of radiation. Based on the published results, it seems that the cosmic radiation hazard to passengers in contemporary air transport is nonexistent. Nevertheless, for some air crew categories (frequent intercontinental flights) it is possible that annual absorbed doses are quite close to the doses absorbed by workers handling radiation sources, even the possibility of exceeding the prescribed levels is not inconceivable.


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  • Accession Number: 01367907
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 16 2012 9:16AM