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A recommended standard for occupational exposure to... ultraviolet radiation (summary).
Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Health Services and Mental Health Administration, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHEW (NIOSH) Publication No. 73-11009A, 1972 Jan; :1-8
This report presents the criteria and recommended standard based thereon which were prepared to meet the need for preventing impairment of health from occupational exposure to ultraviolet radiation. The standard proposed is based on the results of numerous investigations of the effects of ultraviolet energy on skin and eyes, and is based on the eye as the most sensitive organ, so that protection of the eyes should result in a significant safety factor for the skin. Prevention of the acute effects of ultraviolet radiation on skin and eyes should provide protection from chronic effects such as cataracts or skin cancer. Because of the present difficulties in measurement of broadband ultraviolet energy pointed out in this document, evaluation for compliance is based on three different approaches: (1) utilization of available instrumentation whereever applicable with recognition of instrument shortcomings; (2) utilization of data on energy output from a specific source, such as lamps; and (3) utilization of the work practices when suitable instrumentation or energy output data are not available.
Ultraviolet-radiation; Radiation-effects; Personal-protective-equipment; Labeling; Toxicology; Biological-effects; Epidemiologic-studies; Environment; Control-measures; Safety; Eye-irritants; Skin-irritants; Radiation-monitoring; Standards-criteria
Numbered Publication; Criteria Document; Abstract
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DHEW (NIOSH) Publication No. 73-11009A
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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