The use of non-ionizing radiation has become so common in both the workplace and home that we seldom notice its presence. The safe use of non-ionizing radiation relies on knowledge of a broad array of standards and recommendations, and oftentimes calculations are needed to simply determine the maximum amount of exposure permitted.
This course examines the safety requirements for non-ionizing radiation and how to address safe use of non-ionizing radiation producing devices. This includes ultra-violet light materials curing, lasers used in entertainment medicine and industry, and radio frequency sources such as WiFi networks, cell phones and industrial heat sealers.
The class is designed for students who have little or no experience in evaluating non-ionizing radiation hazards. It will provide background on how the devices work, the associated biological effects and the basics of protection of workers and the public.
Upon completion of the class you will be able to determine the applicable safety standards for ultraviolet light, broadband light, lasers, radio frequency radiation and static magnetic fields.
Courses which relate directly to this one:
EDLL 2004, NRRPT Exam Review (a noncredit course)
EDLL 2005, Health Physics Exam Review (a noncredit course)
ERHS 515, Non-Ionizing Radiation Safety (an academic credit course)
This course qualifies for 12 Continuing Education Credits from the American Academy of Health Physics.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
For late registration contact the instructor.
Textbook and Materials
- Introduction to Health Physics, 4th Ed. (2008)
Not available at the CSU Bookstore
This text is required and can be downloaded from inside the course:
US Army Publication: CONTROL OF HAZARDS TO HEALTH FROM LASER RADIATION TB MED 524.
Dr. Johnson's research in the laser research lab is focused on safety and laser injury recovery and the acute effects of ionizing radiation. Dr. Johnson received his Ph.D. in health physics from the School of Health Sciences at Purdue University.
Learn more at: http://www.cvmbs.colostate.edu/erhs/faculty/johnson/t_johnson.htm