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Industrial Hygiene Walk-Through Survey Report on RF Radiation Exposures from Heat Sealers at Dielectrics, Incorporated, Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts.
Cox-C; Egan-B; Herrich-B
NIOSH 1979 Sep:14 pages
Worker exposures to radiofrequency (RF) radiation were determined at Dielectrics, Incorporated (SIC-3171) in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts, on March 14, 1979. The company was under consideration for inclusion in a NIOSH study of the health effects of occupational RF exposure. Approximately 45 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 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. Two of the four heat sealing presses tested exceeded existing electric field strength guidelines of 200 volts per meter. The authors conclude that this workforce is too small to allow a reproductive health effects study, however, the workforce could be combined with other RF exposed populations to establish a cohort for the NIOSH RF 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-1; Radiation-exposure; Radio-waves; Radiofrequency-heating; Work-operations; Worker-health; IWS-88-26;
NTIS Accession No.
NIOSH, Industry Hygiene Section, Industry-wide Studies Branch, Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies, Cincinnati, Ohio, 14 pages
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