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Industrial hygiene walk-through survey report on rf radiation exposures from heat sealers at Henry Richards Company, Inc., Hamden, Connecticut.
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 88-16, 1979 Jul; :1-19
Worker exposures to radiofrequency (RF) radiation were determined at Henry Richards Company, Incorporated (SIC-3171) in Hamden, Connecticut, on December 6, 1978. The company was under consideration for inclusion in a NIOSH study of the health effects of occupational RF exposure. Approximately 40 of the employees at the facility were assigned to the heat sealing operations that were surveyed. The company had a medical and safety program. Medical services were furnished by a doctor and employees trained in first- aid. A formal industrial hygiene program was not in effect. Personnel records provided demographic information, department assignments, and absence reports. Ten of the 11 heat sealers tested exceeded existing electric field strength guidelines of 200 volts per meter. The authors conclude that this facility should be considered for inclusion in the RF radiation hazard survey. They recommend that shields be added to the heat sealing presses to reduce worker exposures to RF radiation.
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