Industrial Hygiene Walk-Through Survey Report on RF Radiation Exposures from Heat Sealers at Chrysler Trim Plant Lyons, Michigan.
NIOSH 1979 Aug:14 pages
Worker exposures at radiofrequency (RF) radiation were determined at the Chrysler Trim Facility (SIC-3465) in Lyons, Michigan, on February 14, 1979. The company was under consideration for inclusion in a NIOSH study of the health effects of occupational RF exposure. Approximately 76 of the employees at the facility were assigned to the heat sealing operations that were surveyed. The compound had a formal safety and industrial hygiene program. Medical services were furnished by two full time nurses and a local physician. Personnel records provided demographic information, department assignments, and absence reports. One of the five heat sealing presses tested exceeded existing electric field strength guidelines of 200 volts per meter. The authors conclude that the personnel records at this facility are adequate for conducting a reproductive history or mortality study of workers employed in the heat sealing area, although the general low worker exposures to RF radiation makes this facility unsuitable for inclusion in the RF radiation hazard study. 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-5; Health-surveys; Workplace-studies; Health-services; Industrial-processes; Control-methods; Occupational-health-programs; Radiofrequency-heating; Radiation-hazards; IWS-88-22;
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NIOSH, Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies, Industry-wide Studies Branch, Industrial Hygiene Section, Cincinnati, Ohio, 14 pages