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Survey report on RF radiation exposure from heat sealers at Beaverite Products, Incorporated, Beaver Falls, New York.
Cox-C; Murray-WE Jr.; Baum-BE; Conover-DL
NIOSH 1980 May; :1-24
The effect of radiofrequency (RF) radiation exposures from heat sealers was investigated in workers in a polyvinyl-chloride and vinyl-acetate production facility (SIC-2821). The RF radiation exposure of 16 operators at 8 heat sealers were measured. Six of eight heat sealers generated incident radiation fields in excess of the current 10 milliwatts per square centimeter OSHA standard. Thirteen of the 16 operators were exposed to incident radiation fields in excess of the current radiation standards of 200 volts per meter and 0.5 amperes per meter for electric and magnetic field intensities, respectively. The authors recommend that appropriate shielding be installed on the RF heat sealers.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; IWS-88-33; Region-2; Health-surveys; Radiation-hazards; Radiation-exposure; Radiation-shielding
Field Studies; Industry Wide
NTIS Accession No.
Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio
Page last reviewed: April 12, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division