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flying and an increased dose of (cosmic) radiation

Question asked by ramoneur on May 14, 2016
Latest reply on May 16, 2016 by ramoneur

I don't have time/energy right now, but I am planning to calculate in the near future how much extra radiation I am taking in just due to flying;

I am quite sure the resulting amount will still be negligible; but I am still curious...

 

I found some info at:

http://www.world-nuclear.org/information-library/safety-and-security/radiation-and-health/radiation-and-life.aspx

 

What do you guys and gals think?

 

 

 

Typical µSv/yr 

Range 
Natural: 
Terrestrial + house: radon200200-100,000
Terrestrial + house: gamma600100-1000
Cosmic (at sea level)300

+20 for every 100m elevation

0-500
Food, drink & body tissue400100-1000

Total

1500 (plus altitude adjustment)
Artificial: 
From nuclear weapons tests3
Medical (X-ray, CT etc. average)370up to 75,000
From nuclear energy0.3
From coal burning0.1
From household appliances0.4

Total

375
Behavioural: 
Skiing holiday8 per week
Air travel in jet airliner1.5-5 per hourup to 5000/yr

The International Commission for Radiological Protection recommends, in addition to background, the following exposure limits: 

for general public, 1,000 (i.e. 1 mSv/yr) 

for nuclear worker 20,000 (i.e. 20 mSv/yr) averaged over 5 consecutive years 

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