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Environmental Radioactivity - Medicine - Occupational Radiation Protection - Nuclear Hazards Defence

Ionisierende Strahlung

Radiation Protection Register

The Radiation Protection Register is a central dose register for the surveillance of occupational radiation exposure. It has the task to control continuously the keeping of the body dose limits of all occupationally exposed persons in Germany and the issuing of radiation passbooks for itinerant workers. The Radiation Protection Register contributes to the international development of the occupational radiation protection as to the state of science and technology and to the harmonization of the occupational radiation protection monitoring in Europe.

Occupational radiation protection international

In order to be effective and future-oriented, occupational radiation protection has also to engage beyond national borders. Therefore, the Federal Office for Radiation Protection's (BfS) Radiation Protection Register participates in the further development of occupational radiation protection on an international level.

The radiation passport

Individuals who intend to work in controlled areas of external facilities, require a valid radiation passport (Section 40 (2) Radiation Protection Ordinance (StrlSchV)). They may perform cleaning tasks, skilled manual labour or assembly work, but also highly specialised activities such as nuclear power plant inspections. This category of individuals is often referred to as "outside workers".

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Monitoring of aircrews

At high altitudes people are exposed to considerably more cosmic radiation than at ground level. It is technically not possible to shield aircraft against cosmic radiation. Thus, pilots and flight attendants - especially if they often fly long-haul flights on polar routes - may receive radiation doses which are certainly comparable to the dose values of occupational groups using ionising radiation or handling radioactive sources.

Radiation exposure in work activities: Guide

In the Guide to the Monitoring of Radiation Exposure in Work Activities, basic legal and practical information is provided for the protection of radiation exposure in work activities, considering in particular work places with natural terrestrial radiation sources such as radon or uranium and thorium and their decay products.

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