Industrial Hygiene Walk-Through Survey Report on RF Radiation Exposures from Heat Sealers at National Blank Book Company, Inc., Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Cox-C; Egan-B; Herrick-B
NIOSH 1979 Sep:14 pages
Worker exposures to radiofrequency (RF) were determined at the National Blank Book Company, Incorporated (SIC-2648) in Holyoke, Massachusetts, on March 13, 1979. The company was under consideration for inclusion in a NIOSH study of the health effects of occupational RF exposure. Approximately 50 of the employees at the facility were assigned to the heat sealing operations that were surveyed. The company had no formal industrial hygiene program, but did maintain a safety program. Medical services were furnished by one physician, five nurses, and employees trained in first-aid. Personnel records provided demographic information and department assignments. None of the four heat sealing presses exceeded existing electric field strength guidelines of 200 volts per meter. Magnetic field strength levels were all below the 0.5 ampere per meter guideline. The authors conclude that the cohort identified at this facility could be used in the RF radiation hazard survey if combined with similar cohorts from similar facilities.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-1; Health-surveys; Workplace-studies; Health-services; Industrial-processes; Control-methods; Occupational-health-programs; Radiofrequency-heating; Radiation-exposure; Radiation-hazards; IWS-88-25A;
NTIS Accession No.
NIOSH, Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies, Industry-wide Studies Branch, Industrial Hygiene Section, 14 pages