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An analysis of a reported occupational exposure to infrared radiation.
Sensintaffar EL; Sliney DH; Parr WH
Am Ind Hyg Assoc J 1978 Jan; 39(1):63-69
An infrared soldering device and an alleged injury associated with its use are described. After using the tool for 2-3 days, an employee complained of a burning sensation in both eyes and both hands. Four weeks later the employee was transferred to another type of operation. Clinical ocular examination revealed snowflake cortical opacities and stippling of the pigment epithelium. At 27 months after using the device, there was no evidence of any eye disease except for significant dryness of both eyes. Although no official infrared exposure standard exists, recommended standards are presented and compared with radiometric measurements of the device.
NIOSH-Author; Nonionizing-radiation; Infrared-radiation; Eye-disorders; Skin-disorders; Hand-tools; Industrial-hygiene; Radiation-measurement; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Accident-prevention
Issue of Publication
American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal
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