27/08/2008

Evaluation of potential exposure to radio frequency radiation

A Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) report by scientists of the US-American
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) concerns
potential radio frequency (RF) radiation exposure to electronic technicians
repairing equipment at a weather station. 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.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)