Radiation

Introduction to Electromagnetic Radiation Management

Electromagnetic radiation is used in a variety of teaching and research areas throughout the University. Some types of electromagnetic radiation can affect people’s health and cause damage to property or the environment.

Types of electromagnetic radiation used at the University include:

    Ionising Radiation, such as:
    • open sources
    • closed sources
    • radiation emitting apparatus;
    Non-ionising Radiation, such as:
    • lasers
    • microwaves
    • ultraviolet
    • NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance)

Some of the compliance requirements for radiation management can be quite complex. The Radiation Risk Management procedures and associated guidance material aim to provide simple, directive guidance on how to achieve compliance in regard to electromagnetic radiation management at the University of Melbourne.