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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-2003-0111-2909, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Authors
Methner-MM; Lotz-WG
Source
NIOSH 2003 Aug; :1-12
NIOSHTIC No.
20024305
Abstract
On December 20, 2002, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) request from management at Ethicon Endo-Surgery (EES) in Cincinnati, Ohio, to evaluate occupational exposure to radio-frequency (RF) radar emissions from an adjacent Ohio Air National Guard (OANG) facility. RF was measured in the 2.9 - 3.1 GigaHertz [GHz] range at the source of the radar (approximately 5 feet from the rotating radar transmitter) and at various points along the beam path (which is in direct alignment with the EES facility). All equipment used to document exposure was calibrated by the manufacturer approximately one month prior to the survey. The only power density measurement above the detection limit of the instrument was recorded 5 feet away from the hilltop rotating radar transmitter, at 0.33 milliwatts/square centimeter (mW/cm 2 ). This location is approximately 2500 ft from EES. The remaining levels were all below the limit of detection of the instrument (0.02 mW/cm 2 ), which is approximately 100 times below the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) exposure limit for the general population. The NIOSH investigators determined that no health hazard existed from exposure to RF. Computer monitors and radio reception interference in the EES office is due to RF levels far below all applicable criteria.
Keywords
Region-5; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Medical-equipment; Radiant-energy; Radio-waves; Electromagnetic-interference; Electronic-devices; Exposure-levels; Computer-equipment
Publication Date
20030801
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
PB2004-103516
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-2003-0111-2909
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS; DART
Priority Area
Work Environment and Workforce: Special Populations
SIC Code
3841
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH
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