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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-85-491-1660, Cobe Laboratories, Inc., Denver, Colorado.

Authors
Gunter-BJ
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 85-491-1660, 1986 Feb; :1-10
NIOSHTIC No.
00163107
Abstract
Environmental surveys were conducted on November 19 and December 19, 1985 at Cobe Laboratories Inc. (SIC-2299), Lakewood and Arvada, Colorado. The Industrial Hygienist at Cobe Laboratories had requested an evaluation of radiofrequency (RF) radiation from heat sealers used for research or in the manufacture of plastic parts for disposable medical equipment. The electric (E) and magnetic (H) fields were measured at the face, chest, waist, hip, and feet positions of operators of the five heat sealers. The OSHA standard corresponds to a power density level of 4x10(4) volts squared per meter squared (V2/M2) (E-field) and 0.25 amperes squared per meter squared (A2/M2) (H-field). The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists' (ACGIH) Threshold Limit Value (TLV) is 3.77x10(3)V2/M2 for the E-field and 0.027A2/M2 for the H-field. Measured exposures ranged up to 3.5x10(4)V2/M2 for the E-field and up to 0.05A2/M2 for the H-field, when corrected for machine duty cycles. The OSHA standard was not exceeded for any of the sealers, but the ACGIH TLVs were exceeded for the two research sealers and one of the manufacturing sealers. The author concluded that workers were overexposed to RF radiation while using three of the heat sealers. Additional shielding is recommended to lower exposures to less than the ACGIH TLVs.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazard-Confirmed; HETA-85-491-1660; Region-8; Electromagnetic-fields; Electrical-fields; Magnetic-fields; Textiles-industry; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Author Keywords: Miscellaneous, Textile Goods, Not Elsewhere Classified; Heat Sealers; Radiofrequency Radiation; Shielding
Publication Date
19860201
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1986
NTIS Accession No.
PB86-222601
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HETA-85-491-1660
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
2299
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CO; OH
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