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Health hazard evaluation report: HHE-80-145-810, U.S. Steel Fairless Works, Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 80-145-810, 1981 Feb; :1-5
Radiofrequency (RF) electric field strength measurements were obtained from 11 RF remote control panels at United States Steel Fairless works (SIC-3310) in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania, on September 23, 1980. The measurements were made in response to a request from Local 4889 of the United Steelworkers of America to determine possible health hazards to railroad car operators carrying RF remote control boxes on their waists. Measurements were made on six boxes worn by operators and on five boxes in the maintenance shop. Electric field measurements on all units were below 1 square volt per square meter (V2/M2); the OSHA standard is 40,000V2/M2 for electric fields. Magnetic field strength measurements were less than 0.1 square amperes per square meter (A2/M2); the OSHA standard for magnetic fields is 0.25A2/M2. The author concludes that railroad car operators are not exposed to hazardous amounts of RF radiation.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-80-145-810; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-3; Radio-waves; Health-surveys; Radiation-exposure; Radiation-hazards; Radiation-sources; Author Keywords: Steel Works, Blast Furnaces & Rolling & Finishing Mills; RF Radiation; Railroad Car Operators
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