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NIOSH Testimony on Radiofrequency Radiation by J. D. Millar, December 5, 1986.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1986 Dec; :1-4
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00199135
Abstract
This testimony concerned the opinions of NIOSH in regards to occupational exposures to radiofrequency (RF) radiation. Based on available literature the arguments for using a safety factor in recommending RF exposure limits were excellent. NIOSH argued against setting the thresholds for adverse effects at or near SAR levels where death and other extremely severe biological effects occur in animals. It was noted that there was an uncertainty factor and two major points had to be considered in establishing it. The first point concerned research reports in which the SAR was not reported and the orientation of the animal relative to the incident field was not specified. The second point concerned the disagreement between measured SAR values in human volunteers and the predicted SAR values in humans. Setting exposure limits as low as even 2 milliwatts/square centimeter (mW/cm2) did not prevent RF shocks and/or burns. Human contact with long or large, electrically conductive objects measured in RF fields resulted in involuntary startle reactions and/or burns at exposure levels even below 2mW/cm2. NIOSH suggests that the Environmental Protection Agency should consider requiring open circuit voltage measurements between capacitively charged objects in an RF field and surrounding points at ground potential with which people could come in contact. An open circuit, RF voltage of 140 volts is an approximate threshold for RF shocks and burns.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Testimony; Millar-J-D; Radiation-exposure; Radiation-hazards; Safety-research; Occupational-exposure; Threshold-limit-values; Heat-exposure
Publication Date
19861205
Document Type
Testimony
Fiscal Year
1987
NTIS Accession No.
PB91-212670
NTIS Price
A01
NIOSH Division
OD
Source Name
NIOSH
State
GA
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