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Industrial Hygiene Walk-Through Survey Report on RF Radiation Exposures from Heat Sealers at Standard Plastic Products, Inc., South Plainfield, New Jersey.
Cox-C; Murray-B; Egan-B; Herrick-B
NIOSH 1979 Jun:11 pages
Worker exposures to radiofrequency (RF) radiation were determined at Standard Plastic Products, Incorporated (SIC-3079) in South Plainfield, New Jersey, on November 29, 1978. The company was under consideration for inclusion in a NIOSH study of the health effects of occupational RF exposure. Approximately 15 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 provided by a registered nurse, two doctors, and trained first aid personnel. An industrial hygiene program was administered on a consultant basis by an insurance company. Personnel records provided demographic information, department assignments, and absence reports. All three heat sealers evaluated exceeded existing electric field strength guidelines of 200 volts per meter. The authors conclude that this workforce should be considered for inclusion in the RF radiation hazard survey. 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-2; Health-surveys; Workplace-studies; Health-services; Industrial-processes; Control-methods; Occupational-health-programs; Radiofrequency-heating; Radiation-exposure; Radiation-hazards; IWS-88-13;
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NIOSH, Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies, Industry-wide Studies Branch, Industrial Hygiene Section, Cincinnati, Ohio, 11 pages
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