Non-Ionizing Radiation Safety

The Non-Ionizing Radiation (NIR) Safety Program is designed to help protect employees, students and the general public from the harmful effects of non-ionizing radiation.

Non-ionizing radiation (NIR) refers to electromagnetic radiation that does not have sufficient energy to ionize (remove electrons from) atoms or molecules. Instead the energy is converted to heat, and depending on the exposure time and the energy concentration of the radiation, it can lead to burns. Therefore, those working with non-ionizing radiation must take precautions to ensure they are not exposed to excessive levels of NIR.

What You Need to Know

Services available

EH&S provides the following services:

  • Training
  • Evaluation of NIR sources
  • Design review
  • Consultation

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Please refer to the Laser Safety page .

More Information

Glossary

Radiation that has sufficient energy to ionize (remove electrons from) atoms or molecules.

Electromagnetic (EM) radiation that does not have sufficient energy to ionize (remove electrons from) atoms or molecules

Contact

EH&S Radiation Safety

(206) 543-0463