- Safety and Health Topics
- Ionizing Radiation
Ionizing radiation sources may be found in a wide range of occupational settings, including health care facilities, research institutions, nuclear reactors and their support facilities, nuclear weapon production facilities, and other various manufacturing settings, just to name a few. These radiation sources can pose a considerable health risk to affected workers if not properly controlled. This page covers routine, occupational exposure to sources of ionizing radiation and provides a starting point for technical and regulatory information regarding the recognition, evaluation, and control of occupational health hazards associated with ionizing radiation. For information about emergencies involving ionizing radiation exposures, visit OSHA’s Radiation Emergency Preparedness and Response page.
Ionizing radiation is addressed in specific OSHA standards for the general industry, shipyard employment, and construction.
Provides information related to the health effects associated with ionizing radiation.
Provides links and references related to pregnant workers and ionizing radiation.
Hazards and Solutions
Provides references that may aid in recognizing and controlling hazards.
Provides information on how to measure exposure.
Safety and Health Programs
Provides references that characterize and further explain safety and health programs.
Provides links and references to additional resources related to ionizing radiation.
Workers have the right to:
- Working conditions that do not pose a risk of serious harm.
- Receive information and training (in a language and vocabulary the worker understands) about workplace hazards, methods to prevent them, and the OSHA standards that apply to their workplace.
- Review records of work-related injuries and illnesses.
- File a complaint asking OSHA to inspect their workplace if they believe there is a serious hazard or that their employer is not following OSHA's rules. OSHA will keep all identities confidential.
- Exercise their rights under the law without retaliation, including reporting an injury or raising health and safety concerns with their employer or OSHA. If a worker has been retaliated against for using their rights, they must file a complaint with OSHA as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days.
For additional information, see OSHA's Workers page.
How to Contact OSHA
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to help ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov or call OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742), TTY 1-877-889-5627.