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Health Physics Standards

Background

Radiation safety standards and policies are set by a consensus of opinion among national and international scientific organizations, such as the Health Physics Society, the National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP), and the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) and other organizations. The risks associated with low-level radiation exposure are conservatively calculated to be proportional to those observed with high-level exposure. These calculated risks are compared to other known occupational and environmental hazards, and standards are established to control and limit potential harmful radiation effects.

 

Health Physics Society (HPS)

National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP)

International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP)

Council on Ionizing Radiation Measurements and Standards (CIRMS)

American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM)

Agreement State Programs

International Radiation Protection Agency

 (added July 2014)

Radiation Effects Foundation: a cooperative Japan / US research organization