Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-97-0220-2671, Remington Industries, Incorporated, Benton, Tennessee.
NIOSH 1998 Jan; :1-16
In August 1997, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducted a health hazard evaluation at Remington Industries, Incorporated (RII) in Benton, Tennessee. The evaluation was made in response to be a confidential exposure to radiofrequency (RF) radiation from four heat sealers at the facility. The requestor was concerned because three women in the heat sealing area has all recently undergone gall bladder operations. Electric (E-field) and magnetic (H-field) field strengths and induced body current levels were measured during routine use of the heat sealers, and interviews were conducted with all heat sealer operators. The waste E-field measurement on one heat sealer exceeded occupational exposure criteria for its operating frequency of 27.1 MHZ. This elevated reading was taken in from of the heat sealer, where a metal shielding enclosure around the welding head had become loose. After the enclosure was tightened, re-measurements indicated that the leakage site produced levels well below the occupational standards. There was one location near the back of a heat sealer where the magnetic field strength exceeded the occupational exposure criteria, however no operator worked in that location.
Health-hazard-evaluation; Radiofrequency-radiation; Heat-sealers; Occupational-exposure; Body-current-levels; Interviews; Evaluation-criteria; Methods; Region-4; Hazard-Unconfirmed;
Author Keywords: plastic products, not elsewhere classified; RF radiation; heat sealer; body current; gall bladder
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
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