Visual display units: Radiation protection guidance

The purpose of this guide is to provide an analysis of the data from surveys and measurements of radiation emissions from visual display units (VDUs), relate this to existing data on scientific biological effects and reach a conclusion regarding the safety of VDUs with respect to radiation emissions. The book is intended for the use of the competent authorities, employers and workers and their organizations, occupational safety and health specialists and VDU operators.

This publication is one of a series of practical guides on occupational hazards arising from non-ionizing radiation (NIR), carried out in collaboration with the International Non-Ionizing Radiation Committee (INIRC)1 of the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) as part of the ILO International Programme for the Improvement of Working Conditions and Environment (PIACT).

The purpose of this book is to provide information, basic reference materials and guidance regarding the safety of VDUs with respect to radiation emissions. It is intended for the use of competent authorities, employers and workers, and in general of all persons in charge of occupational safety and health. The following topics are covered: characteristics, measurement and levels of radiation emissions from VDUs; assessment of exposure and laboratory studies; health effects and human studies; prevention and control measures; and quality control and maintenance.