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Industrial hygiene walk-through survey report on rf radiation exposures from heat sealers at Celebrity Incorporated, New York City, New York.
Cox C; Foley E; Egan B; Herrick B
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, IWS 88-15, 1979 Sep; :1-14
Worker exposures to radiofrequency (RF) radiation were determined at Celebrity Incorporated (SIC-3171) in New York City, New York, on December 8, 1978. The company was under consideration for inclusion in a NIOSH study of the health effects of occupation RF exposure. Approximately 25 of the employees at the facility were assigned to the heat sealing operations that were surveyed. The company had no formal industrial hygiene program, although it did maintain a safety program. Medical services were furnished by a local physician. Personnel records provided demographic information, department assignments, and accident reports. All five heat sealing presses tested exceeded existing electric field strength guidelines of 200 volts per meter. The authors conclude that the work force at this facility could be used in the RF radiation hazard survey if combined with similar cohorts from similar facilities. 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
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