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Walk-through survey report on industrial hygiene and epidemiologic evaluation of potential cohort exposed to radiofrequency radiation from dielectric heat sealers, Travenol Laboratories, Inc., North Cove, North Carolina.

Authors
Cox C; Leet T; Murray B
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, IWS 088-39, 1982 Jun; :1-35
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00182284
Abstract
A walk through survey was conducted at Travenol Laboratories, Inc. (SIC-2834), North Cove, North Carolina where polyvinyl-chloride intravenous bag sets were manufactured. Dielectric radiofrequency (RF) heat sealers were used during the manufacturing process. The only appreciable exposure to which employees involved in the heat sealing operation were subjected during the survey appeared to be RF waves. Examination of the 19 heat sealers used indicated that two of the machines generated incident radiation of 0.65 and 2.85 amperes squared/meter squared (A2/m2) which are both above the current OSHA standard of 0.25A2/m2. Magnetic fields generated by the other heat sealers ranged from nondetectable to 0.171A2/m2 and the electric fields ranged from nondetectable to 20,800 volts squared/meter squared (V2/m2) with an average of 4,110V2/m2. Records kept at the firm were sufficiently detailed and accurate to permit an epidemiological survey, but almost all exposures were less than 10 percent of the current allowable standards. The authors conclude that this specific facility should not be included in the overall study cohort to review the effect of exposures to RF radiation on heat sealer operators.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-4; Equipment-operators; Radiation-exposure; Radiation-hazards; Nonionizing-radiation; Electromagnetic-radiation
Publication Date
19820624
Document Type
Field Studies; Industry Wide
Fiscal Year
1982
NTIS Accession No.
PB89-120448
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
IWS-088-39
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
2834
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NC; OH
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