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Health hazard evaluation report HETA 97-0220-2671, Remington Industries, Incorporated, Benton, Tennessee.

Authors
Moss-CE; Conover-DL
Source
NIOSH 1998 Jan; :1-16
NIOSHTIC No.
20000016
Abstract
In August 1997, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducted a health hazard evaluation at Remington Industries, Incorporated (RII) in Benton, Tennessee. The evaluation was made in response to be a confidential exposure to radiofrequency (RF) radiation from four heat sealers at the facility. The requestor was concerned because three women in the heat sealing area has all recently undergone gall bladder operations. Electric (E-field) and magnetic (H-field) field strengths and induced body current levels were measured during routine use of the heat sealers, and interviews were conducted with all heat sealer operators. The waste E-field measurement on one heat sealer exceeded occupational exposure criteria for its operating frequency of 27.1 MHZ. This elevated reading was taken in from of the heat sealer, where a metal shielding enclosure around the welding head had become loose. After the enclosure was tightened, re-measurements indicated that the leakage site produced levels well below the occupational standards. There was one location near the back of a heat sealer where the magnetic field strength exceeded the occupational exposure criteria, however no operator worked in that location.
Keywords
Health-hazard-evaluation; Radiofrequency-radiation; Heat-sealers; Occupational-exposure; Body-current-levels; Interviews; Evaluation-criteria; Methods; Region-4; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Author Keywords: plastic products, not elsewhere classified; RF radiation; heat sealer; body current; gall bladder
Publication Date
19980101
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1998
NTIS Accession No.
PB99-151706
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-97-0220-2671
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3089
Source Name
National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH; TN
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