Fact sheet N°257
Revised January 2003

Depleted uranium


Depleted uranium

Applications of depleted uranium

Exposure to uranium and depleted uranium

Intake of depleted uranium

Absorption of depleted uranium

Potential health effects of exposure to depleted uranium

Maximum radiation exposure limits and their limited application to uranium and depleted uranium

The International Basic Safety Standards, agreed by all applicable UN agencies in 1996, provide for radiation dose limits above normal background exposure levels.

Guidance on exposure based on chemical toxicity of uranium

WHO has guidelines for determining the values of health-based exposure limits or tolerable intakes for chemical substances. The tolerable intakes given below are applicable to long-term exposure of the general public (as opposed to workers). For single and short-term exposures, higher exposure levels may be tolerated without adverse effects.

Monitoring and treatment of exposed individuals


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