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What is Radiation?

What is radiation?

Radiation is energy in the form of waves or particles. Radiation doesn’t just come from nuclear energy. It’s all around us – and we’re exposed to both natural and man-made sources of radiation daily. Heat and light from the sun are examples of naturally occurring radiation. Microwaves, radio waves, and television signals are other common forms of everyday radiation.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) regulates the nuclear energy industry to limit the radiation that our employees and neighbours receive. Using studies performed by the International Commission on Radiological Protection on acceptable levels of radiation exposure, the CNSC has set limits for workers of 50 mSv per year, or 100 mSv per five-year span. At BWXT, we’re required to investigate and report to the CNSC anytime we go above those limits. To ensure that we never have to do that, we have set our own limits below CNSC levels.

Any wastes in the air or water that come from our plants are also regulated by concentration limits. Again, we set our own limits below the regulatory limits to keep your exposure to any radiation as low as possible.