Limits from specific organisations

We give details on a different pages of the legal and regulatory situation in a number of countries.  In this section, we give details of some of the more important specific exposure limits that have been published.  The following table also summarises which countries if any they are used in.

Limit Full name of organisation Where it is used
NRPB 1993 National Radiological Protection Board The exposure limits that applied in the UK from 1993 to 2004
ICNIRP 1998 International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation The basis of the limits that now apply in the UK and Europe
EU 1999 European Union European Recommendation on public exposure, based on ICNIRP (1998)
ICES 2002 International Committee on Electromagnetic safety Not yet adopted in any country that we know of
EU 2004 European Union European limits on occupational exposure, currently deferred pending revision
NRPB 2004 National Radiological Protection Board Recommendation to Government to adopt ICNIRP (1998) in the UK
ICNIRP draft 2009 International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Draft for consultation
ICNIRP 2010 International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation New guidelines
EU 2011 European Union Commission proposal to replace 2004 Directive on occupational exposure
EU 2013 European Union European Directive on occupational exposures, replaces 2004 Directive and 2011 Draft.

The Bioinitiative Report also proposed exposure limits, but it is principally a review of the science so we deal with it in that section not here.

We also give details of how these various exposure limits deal with indirect effects such as microshocks.

Exposure limits quick links

Compilation of limits in different countries

The international ICNIRP limits, the basis of the limits in many countries

The legal position in the UK and the EU