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close this bookABC of Women Workers' Rights and Gender Equality (ILO; 2000; 124 pages)
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Radiation protection

There is no special occupational radiation exposure limit for women in general, but in view of the special medical problems for women of child-bearing age, every care should be taken to ensure that they are not exposed to high radiation risks. Because of the possibility of greater sensitivity of the foetus to radiation, additional controls and precautions may have to be considered with pregnant workers.

A woman worker should notify her employer on becoming aware that she is pregnant in order that her working conditions can be modified, if necessary. The notification of pregnancy should not be considered a reason for discrimination or exclusion from work.

Employers should make every reasonable effort to provide workers with suitable alternative employment in circumstances where it has been determined that a worker, for health reasons, may no longer continue in employment involving occupational exposure. The employer should adapt the working conditions concerning occupational exposure, so as to ensure that the embryo or foetus is afforded as broad a level of protection as required for members of the public.

R. 114: Radiation Protection, 1960
R. 157: Nursing Personnel, 1977
International Basic Safety Standards for protection against ionizing radiation and for the safety of radiation sources. Safety Series No. 115-1. (Jointly sponsored by ILO, FAO, IAEA, OECD, WHO). International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, 1994.

→ see also Maternity protection and Protection of health during maternity

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