OPTICAL RADIATION SAFETY.

DAVID H. SLINEY

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Abstract

RECENT STUDIES SHOW THAT SHORT WAVELENGTH LIGHT MAY IN SOMEINSTANCES BE HARMFUL TO THE RETINA. FURTHERMORE, INFRARED RADIATION HAZARDS TO THE EYE ARE PROBABLY LESS THAN WAS ONCE BELIEVED. EXPOSURE LIMITS FOR ULTRAVIOLET RADIATION AND GUIDELINES FOR VISIBLE AND NEAR-INFRARED RADIATION HAVE BEEN PROMULGATED IN THE USA AND SOME OTHER COUNTRIES. A PROPER UNDERSTANDING OF THE CHANGING NATURE OF ENVIRONMENTAL EXPOSURES TO SUNLIGHT THROUGHOUT THE DAY PERMITS THE DEVELOPMENT OF EXPOSURE LIMITS FOR REPEATED, CHRONIC EXPOSURE. THE USE OF THE PRESENT LIMITS AND GUIDELINES FOR A GIVEN LAMP OR LIGHTING SYSTEM REQUIRES A CAREFUL STUDY OF EXPOSURE CONDITIONS IF REALISTIC CONTROL MEASURES ARE TO BE DEVISED. MISUNDERSTANDING OF THE LIMITS OR FAILURE TO CONSIDER REALISTIC EXPOSURE CONDITIONS CAN LEAD TO UNWARRANTED CONCERNS REGARDING LAMP SAFETY.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)142-151
Number of pages10
JournalLIGHT RES TECHNOL
VolumeV 14
Issue numberN 3
StatePublished - 1982
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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