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NIOSH Testimony on Radiation Protection for Occupational Workers, March 25, 1992.

NIOSH 1992 Mar:5 pages
This testimony concerned the views of NIOSH regarding the proposed rule changes for protecting workers from radiation hazards on the job. The Department of Energy addressed three alternate approaches including lowering the annual dose limits for stochastic effects, adopting a different lifetime dose limit, and adding an average annual individual dose requirement of 2 rem to the present single year limit of 5 rem. NIOSH contends that the proposed specific exposure limit should minimize the risk of excess deaths and serious genetic effects among Department of Energy workers. The proposed annual dose equivalent limit of 0.5 rem for pregnant women workers is of concern. The risk of severe mental retardation to the unborn child is about 4 in 1000 live births per rad when exposure occurs between 8 and 15 weeks after conception. Generally NIOSH recommends that the maximum levels for occupational exposures protect the health and functional capacity of the most susceptible member of the worker population. NIOSH would urge that the Department of Energy reduce the current 5 rem maximum level of radiation exposure for all workers to a level that is as protective as feasible for this susceptible subpopulation.
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Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division