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Industrial Hygiene Walk-Through Survey Report on RF Radiation Exposures from Heat Sealers at Tag-A-Long Handbags and Accessories, Inc., East Haven, Connecticut.
Cox-C; Foley-E; Egan-B; Herrick-B
NIOSH 1979 Jul:12 pages
Worker exposures to radiofrequency (RF) radiation were determined at Tag A Long Handbags and Accessories, Incorporated (SIC 3171) in East Haven, Connecticut, on December 6, 1978. The company was under consideration for inclusion in a NIOSH study of the health effects of occupational RF exposure. Approximately 11 of the employees at the facility were assigned to the heat sealing operations that were surveyed. The company had a medical and safety program. Medical services were furnished by a doctor and by employees trained in first aid. A formal industrial hygiene program was not in effect. Personnel records provided demographic information. All four heat sealers tested exceeded existing field strength guidelines of 200 volts per meter. The authors conclude that this workforce should not be included in the RF radiation hazard survey because this facility has only been in operation since 1969 and only utilizes four heat sealers. They recommend that shields be added to the heat sealing presses to reduce worker exposures to RF radiation.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-1; Health-surveys; Workplace-studies; Health-services; Industrial-processes; Control-methods; Occupational-health-programs; Radiation-exposure; Radiation-hazards; Radiofrequency-heating; IWS-88-17;
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NIOSH, Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies, Industry-wide Studies Branch, Industrial Hygiene Section, Cincinnati, Ohio, 12 pages
Page last reviewed: April 12, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division