Industrial Hygiene Walk-Through Survey Report on RF Radiation Exposures from Heat Sealers at Jaclyn, Incorporated, West New York, New Jersey.
Cox-C; Murray-B; Egan-B; Herrick-B
NIOSH 1979 Sep:16 pages
Worker exposures to radiofrequency (RF) radiation were determined at Jaclyn, Incorporated (SIC-3171) in West New York, New Jersey, on December 7, 1978. The company was under consideration for inclusion in a NIOSH study of the health effects of occupational RF exposure. Approximately 20 of the employees 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 designed to comply with OSHA standards. Medical services were furnished by a local clinic and by workers trained in first aid. Personnel records provided demographic information and department assignments. Four of the six heat sealing presses tested exceeded existing electric 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 appropriate exposure and comparison groups cannot be identified from company records. 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; Radiofrequency-heating; Radiation-exposure; Worker-health; IWS-88-18;
NTIS Accession No.
NIOSH, Industrial Hygiene Section, Industry-wide Studies Branch, Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies, Cincinnati, Ohio, 16 pages