Radiation: Harnessing it safely to benefit our daily lives
2022: This factsheet discusses the radiation we encounter in our everyday lives and explains how we harness it safely.
Radiation is ever-present in our daily lives — in both natural and generated forms. Scientists have identified various risks and benefits from the use of, and exposure to, different kinds of radiation. This knowledge allows us to safely use radiation while mitigating the possible risks to our health and wellbeing, for example in communication technologies, and medical diagnostics and treatment.
In this factsheet we have selected examples to illustrate where radiation – from radio waves to gamma rays – may be commonly encountered. It is not intended to be a comprehensive review.
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