The tissues of the body affected by optical irradiation are the skin and eyes. The biological effects are as follows:
Typical sources of UV within the University are:
People working outdoors for prolonged periods, are likely to be exposed to UVR from the sun, even on cloudy days. Those travelling aboard on field trips and other University business are also at risk of exposure.
A combination of the following precautions should be taken:
Involves intense forms of UVR. Staff involved in this work must have received appropriate training. The following precautions must be taken:
Laboratory UVR sources such as transilluminators and gel documentation equipment usually emit UVR in the region of 280nm to 400nm. Detailed information and guidance on their safe use can be found on the Safety Office website. Eye and skin protection is required.
Intense IRR sources can result in skin burns or a risk of cataracts developing. The hazard is associated with furnace work and powerful heating and drying processes using IRR. Glass or metal doors with interlocks and warning notices are recommended.
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