Risks of Cosmic Radiation
Cosmic radiation (Cosmic radiation = Radioactive radiation) is a form of cosmic weather. And just like weather here on Earth, it is extremely variable. Radiation levels vary from day to day by as much as 100%. Existing tools based on monthly average readings are therefore imprecise measures of an individual’s in-flight exposure to cosmic radiation – especially during solar storms.
When atomic particles collide with a human cell, several things can happen:
- The particles can pass straight through without causing any damage.
- The particles can damage the cell and cause it to die. A new cell will grow to replace the old, and no lasting damage is done.
- The atomic particles can also hit the strands of DNA located in the nucleus of the cell and cause DNA strands to break.
The human body is designed to cope with some exposure to cosmic radiation. DNA has a built-in ability to repair itself if damaged. But overexposure can cause the DNA to change – it can cause a mutation – and this mutation is potentially the beginning of a cancerous growth.
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expect GlobaLog® will also play a role in
optimizing flight rostering. I know many of
our pilots also make good use of the
GlobaLog® electronic logbook.”
“It’s a source of great comfort for our
pilots and cabin crewmembers knowing
their exposure to cosmic radiation is
calculated and accounted for on an
individual basis. GlobaLog® also enables
our pilots to keep their logbook when
most convenient for them.”
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much cosmic radiation our pilots and
cabin crew are exposed to.”
“GlobaLog® has made it easy to provide
our pilots and cabin crew members with a
personal cosmic radiation account.
GlobaLog® has helped increase
understanding of cosmic radiation among
aircrews and thus helped us fulfill our
legal obligation to inform them about the
health risks involved.”
GlobaLog® – as seen by the airlines in the words of our customers
“We are very pleased with GlobaLog®. The
system makes it easy to comply fully with
EU directives and national regulations.
GlobaLog® also enables us to pursue a
health & safety strategy of ensuring the
cosmic radiation load is shared equally
among those of our pilots exceeding 1.0
“We are well aware that the EU directive
on cosmic radiation monitoring is
currently not being enforced to the letter.
It’s a comfort factor knowing that with
GlobaLog® we are fully prepared for when
that day comes and will not have to rush
to implement technology for keeping
individual radiation accounts.”