Flying

Flying, whether you work on a plane or are simply travelling for work, can present a number of health issues including jet lag, the risk of deep vein thrombosis and, for those flying a great deal, exposure to cosmic radiation. Find out more about the risks and what you and your employer need to do to manage them.

 

Further Information

The Civil Aviation Authority's Aviation Health Unit webpages include guidance for medical professionals and frequently asked questions for air passengers.

The Aerospace Medical Association's Health tips for airline travel is available and you can find other information on health and air flight on the ASMA website.

Guidance on travel health, including flying, is available on the NHS choices website, or by calling NHS 111 for non-emergency medical advice.

The Aviation Health Institute also has online advice.

The radiation web pages of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) include information on air crew and cosmic radiation.

The World Health Organisation website has information on ionising radiation.

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