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Evaluation of potential exposure to X-ray radiation.
Int J Occup Environ Health 2009 Apr; 15(2):229
The HHE Program responded to an employee and management request at twelve airports throughout the United States to investigate employees' potential exposure to xradiation during baggage screening. HHE Program investigators observed baggage screening practices and took x-radiation measurements at explosive detection system (EDS) machines in airports. Investigators also asked screeners at some airports to wear personal monitoring devices to measure their exposure to x-radiation. The investigators found that baggage screeners were using unsafe work practices and that some of the EDS machines were not well-maintained. HHE Program investigators also found that most EDS machines emitted low levels of x-radiation, and a few exceeded the Food and Drug Administration's limits. Measurements showed that there were low doses of x-radiation among baggage screeners in most airports. Investigators recommended that xradiation safety programs be developed and that regular training on x-radiation and safe work practices be provided to baggage screeners. HHE Program investigators also recommended improved maintenance of equipment and that managers work with manufacturers to improve the design of EDS machines. Additionally, investigators recommended that health and safety communication between managers and employees be improved at each airport. The final report is available at https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/hhe/reports/pdfs/2003-0206-3067.pdf.
Region-3; X-ray-equipment; X-ray-absorption; Ionizing-radiation; Radiation-exposure; Airport-personnel; Work-practices; Humans; Author Keywords: Other Airport Operations; x-rays; ionizing radiation; low-level radiation exposure; airport screeners; explosive detection systems
Issue of Publication
International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Page last reviewed: March 11, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division