Industrial Hygiene Walk-Through Survey Report on RF Radiation Exposures from Heat Sealers at Hazel Incorporated, Washington, Missouri.
Cox-C; Murray-B; Egan-B; Herrick-B
NIOSH 1979 Feb:18 pages
Worker exposures to radiofrequency (RF) radiation were determined at Hazel Incorporated (SIC-3161) in Washington, Missouri on November 20, 1978. The company was under consideration for inclusion in a NIOSH study of the health effects of occupational RF exposure. Approximately 65 of the employees at the facility were assigned to the heat sealing operations surveyed. The company maintained a medical program administered by a full time registered nurse with back up medical services provided by a retained physician. The industrial hygiene program was administered on a consultant basis. Personnel records provided demographic information, department assignment records, and absence reports. Three 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 RF radiation hazard survey because of the small number of affected workers. They recommend that shields be added to the heat sealing presses to reduce worker exposures to RF radiation.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; IWS-88-12; Region-7; Radiation-exposure; Health-surveys; Radiation-hazards; Radiation-measurement;
NTIS Accession No.
Industrywide Studies Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 18 pages