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Nonionizing radiation exposure to technicians at a satellite communications facility.
Eisenberg-J; Sylvain-D; Durgam-S
Int J Occup Environ Health 2009 Jan; 15(1):111
The HHE Program responded to a union request at a weather station. The request concerned potential radio frequency (RF) radiation exposure to electronic technicians repairing equipment. HHE Program investigators reviewed incident and maintenance logs and conducted confidential medical interviews with employees. The investigators found that a RF health and safety program did not exist. The investigators found that employees were doing repairs and using equipment that they had not been trained for. Investigators recommended that managers ensure that employees are properly trained and enforce proper documentation of repairs and maintenance in their logs. Investigators also recommended that managers implement an effective RF health and safety program and enforce training and safety protocols. HHE Program investigators also recommended that managers restrict access to areas where spatial average electric field strength may exceed recommended guidelines and post signs marking these areas. Additionally, investigators recommended that employees immediately inform managers of any workplace exposure and then seek medical evaluation. The final report is available at <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/hhe/reports/pdfs/2007-0095-3063.pdf"target="_blank">https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/hhe/reports/pdfs/2007-0095-3063.pdf</a>.
Region-3; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Nonionizing-radiation; Radio-waves; Electromagnetic-energy; Electromagnetic-fields; Electromagnetic-radiation; Burns; Neurological-system; Neurological-reactions; Author Keywords: Administration of General Economic Programs; nonionizing radiation; radio frequency radiation; RF; electromagnetic fields; EMF; burn; neurological effects
Issue of Publication
International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Page last reviewed: May 5, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division