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Environmental and Workplace Health

Consumer Radiation

Consumer radiation refers to radiation-emitting devices used by consumers. For example, microwave ovens, cellular telephones and televisions use electromagnetic and radiofrequency radiation.

As with all forms of radiation, there are benefits and risks associated with its use. A cautious approach should therefore be taken.

Health Canada's Role:

Health Canada

  • develops guidelines and regulations for the protection of the general public from exposure to consumer radiation
  • conducts research in the assessment of radiation exposure levels in residential and workplace environments
  • investigates and monitors external research on the biological effects of radiation
  • advises government departments and agencies, industry, and the general public on exposure to radiation

What Information is Available?

In this section, you will find information about

  • the health effects related to electric and magnetic fields from power lines, household appliances, and computer monitors
  • the health effects related to radiofrequency fields from cellular telephones and base stations
  • microwave oven radiation safety
  • safety codes, standards and regulations related to medical electromagnetic devices and radiofrequency exposure