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New ICNIRP Statement

May 2024

ICNIRP Statement: Validity of the 1984 Interim Guidelines on Airborne Ultrasound and Gaps in the Current Knowledge. Health Physics (0):10.1097/0000000000001800; May 20; 2024 DOI:10.1097/HP.0000000000001800

What do cleaning, drilling, welding and emulsifying, burglar alarms, pest repellent, remote controls, compressors, pneumatic tools, and high-speed machinery have in common? Airborne ultrasound: indeed this is used for various purposes both in industrial and public settings and is also often produced, unintentionally as by-products, by many sources.

The International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) published interim guidelines on limiting human exposure to airborne ultrasound in 1984, based on the limited scientific evidence that was available at that time. Research since the IRPA guidelines has made some improvements in the knowledge base but there are still significant data gaps that need to be resolved, including research needs related to health outcomes and an improved dosimetry.

In its newest statement ICNIRP makes a number of recommendations for future research on airborne ultrasound.

Read the full statement here.
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