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Walk-through survey report on RF radiation exposures from heat sealers at Holum and Sons, Inc., 740 Burr Oak Drive, Westmont, Illinois 60559.
Herrick-RF; Egan-Baum-B; Murray-WE Jr.
NIOSH 1980 May; :1-18
Worker exposures to radiofrequency (RF) radiation were determined at Holum and Sons, Incorporated (SIC-3079), Westmont, Illinois on June 25, 1979. The company was under consideration for inclusion in a NIOSH study of the health effects of occupational RF exposure. Approximately 26 of the employees at the facility were assigned to the heat sealing operations that were surveyed. The company had no formal safety and industrial hygiene program. Medical services were furnished by neighborhood clinics and workers trained in first aid. Personnel records provided demographic information, department assignments, and absence reports. Two of the six heat sealing presses tested exceeded existing electric field strength guidelines of 200 volts per meter. Magnetic field strengths were not measured. The authors conclude that this workforce should not be included in the RF radiation hazard survey because appropriate exposure and comparison groups cannot be identified from company records. They recommend that shields be added to the heat sealing presses to reduce worker exposures to RF radiation.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; IWS-88-29; Region-5; Plastic-products; Industrial-processes; Radiation-exposure; Dielectric-properties; Radiation-shielding
Industry Wide; Field Studies
NTIS Accession No.
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