Ultraviolet radiation (UV)

Environmental Health Criteria (EHC) 160: Ultraviolet radiation

Published under the joint sponsorship of the United Nations Environment Programme, the International Labour Organisation, and the World Health Organization
© WHO, Geneva, 1994

This monograph comprises a review of the data on the effects of UV exposure on biological systems pertinent to the evaluation of human health risks. Its purpose is to give an overview of the known biological effects of UV, identify gaps in knowledge and provide direction for further research. This monograph will assist health authorities, regulatory and similar agencies to provide guidance on health risks from exposure to UV and limits for occupational and general public exposure.

Subjects reviewed include: the physical characteristics of UV; measurement techniques; applications and sources of exposure; mechanisms of interaction; biological effects; guidance on protective measures; and recommendations on exposure limits.