Infrared radiation falls on the electromagnetic spectrum between
microwaves and red visible light with a wavelength of ~750 nm-1 mm. Infrared
radiation is emitted from materials as heat and can be used for medical, industrial, and
military purposes. Infrared can be used to reduce swelling, increase tissue repair in
sports injuries and help treat patients with cardiovascular disease. The industrial sector
uses infrared tomography to image inside buildings, electrical equipment, and fuel
processing plants. There are few known harms when it comes to infrared radiation
effects. Infrared radiation can cause skin damage, eye damage, and greenhouse effects.
Not much research is known on the appropriate dosage or the body's response to doses
of infrared radiation. There are a few preventative ways to reduce the harm caused by
infrared radiation. People can follow the three cardinal rules of radiation and the
ALARA principle. They can also wear personal protection equipment when working or
around infrared radiation sources. People can also learn and try to help the planet by
reducing their carbon footprint to stop global warming from getting worse.