Title: Radiation in aviation - risks and legal protection

Authors: Nataša M. Tomić-Petrović

Addresses: Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering, University of Belgrade, Vojvode Stepe 305, Belgrade, Serbia

Abstract: The problem with radiations is the fact that not one of our senses can detect them although they are all around us. In this paper, the research studies on cosmic radiation exposure and cancer risk of aviation crew members conducted around the world are presented and their results analysed. Legal regulation has the effect on decrease in harmful effects of cosmic radiation by limiting the time spent in flying for air crew while the special protection from this type of radiation for passengers is mainly not predicted. Irrespective of the fact that both European and national legal regulations include cosmic radiation, the public is mostly unaware of the risk of cosmic radiation exposure in aviation. Informing of public on ionising radiation coming from nature and taking steps for its reduction should be one of the priorities of our society in the next long-term period.

Keywords: cosmic radiation; health information; radiation risk; cancer risks; radiation exposure; airline passengers; aviation crew members; legal protection; air crew; law; ionising radiation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSA.2016.078657

International Journal of Sustainable Aviation, 2016 Vol.2 No.2, pp.159 - 169

Received: 15 Oct 2015
Accepted: 09 Mar 2016

Published online: 30 Aug 2016 *

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