An Introduction to Non-Ionizing Radiation

Infrared Radiation: Benefits, Hazards, and Protections

Author(s): Muhammad Maqbool * .

Pp: 203-241 (39)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815136890123010011

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)

Abstract

 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.


Keywords: Infrared radiation, IR benefits, IR risks, Shielding and protection

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