- Safety and Health Topics
- Ionizing Radiation
This section highlights OSHA standards, Federal Register notices (rules and proposed rules), directives (instruction to OSHA staff), letters of interpretation (official letters of interpretation of the standards), and other federal standards related to ionizing radiation.
General Industry (29 CFR 1910)
- 1910.120, Hazardous waste operations and emergency response [related topic page]
- 1910.1096, Ionizing radiation
Shipyard Employment (29 CFR 1915)
- 1915.57, Uses of fissionable material in ship repairing and shipbuilding
Construction Industry (29 CFR 1926)
Federal Register Notices
- Occupational Exposure to Ionizing Radiation. Proposed Rules 70:44074-44075, (August 1, 2005).
- Occupational Exposure to Ionizing Radiation. Proposed Rules 70:22828-22835, (May 3, 2005).
- Ionizing Radiation Standard; Extension of the OMB's Approval of the information-Collection (Paperwork) Requirements. Notice 66:22014-22015, (May 2, 2001).
- Memorandum of Understanding Between the OSHA and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. CPL 02-00-086 [CPL 2.86], (December 22, 1989). Delineates the authorities, responsibilities, and other activities between OSHA and NRC for occupational health and safety at radiation sites.
- OSHA Coverage of Ionizing Radiation Sources Not Covered by Atomic Energy Act of 1954. STD 01-04-001 [STD 1-4.1], (October 30, 1978).
Letters of Interpretation
- Workplace exposure limits for ultra-violet radiation. (February 26, 2003).
- Occupational exposure limits, access restrictions, and posting requirements for airborne radioactive materials. (December 23, 2002).
- Correct method for calculating whole body dose for ionizing radiation. (August 4, 1999).
- Bloodborne Pathogens Standard applicability to radiopharmaceutical use. (May 18, 1998).
- Maintenance of radiation exposure records NRC licensee contractors. (February 23, 1998).
- Clarification of OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard as it relates to syringes and needles contaminated with both a bloodborne pathogen and radioactive nuclear medicine. (October 29, 1996).
- Suggested state regulations for control of radiation. (September 19, 1995).
- Male infertility and welding engineers. (October 27, 1992). This interpretation includes a discussion of ionizing radiation sources from various welding operations.
- Definition of an airborne radioactivity area. (October 6, 1992).
- Definition of Reasonable Diligence as stated in 1910.1096(d)(1). (April 17, 1991).
- Application of 1910.120 to emergency responders at a nuclear power plants. (January 28, 1991).
- Applicability of 1910.120 to the Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Project. (December 28, 1990).
- Ionizing radiation hazards in the workplace. (September 27, 1990).
- Application of 1910.120 to cleanup of nuclear and hazardous waste. (April 4, 1990).
- Clarification of the jurisdiction's of OSHA and the NRC in nuclear power plants. (January 8, 1987).
- OSHA/NRC Interface Activities and Related Information. (January 15, 1985).
- Review of permissible radiation exposure levels. (November 5, 1984).
- Respirator air quality standards do not apply where the NRC has jurisdiction. (March 6, 1979).
Note: These are NOT OSHA regulations. However, they do provide guidance from their originating organizations related to worker protection.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
- 10 CFR 20, Standards for Protection Against Radiation
- 10 CFR 20, Appendices A-C (1971 version). These appendices are referenced by OSHA standards 29 CFR 1910.1096, 29 CFR 1926.53, and 29 CFR 1915.57. The 1971 version is the actual version enforceable by OSHA, not the most current version.
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
- 10 CFR 835, Occupational Radiation Protection