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NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) Testimony on Radiation Before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, by Elliot Harris, June 28, 1977.


PB90130626

Publication Date 1977
Page Count 14
Abstract The statement concerned National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) research programs relating to occupational exposure to radiation. Much epidemiological data points to exposure to radon daughters as hazards to uranium miners and milling operators. Problems also arise from the operation of radiation generating equipment. Nonionizing radiation hazards included visible, ultraviolet, radiofrequency and microwave radiation, infrared and ultrasonic radiation. Ultraviolet radiation can cause sunburn, eye damage, depigmentation, precancerous tumors, basal and squamous cell cancers, and malignant melanomas. Infrared radiation has been implicated in the development of cataracts. Laser radiation was linked with burns and fire hazards. The only hazard associated with visible radiation thus far has been eyestrain due to the lack of sufficient light while performing a given task. Optical radiation exposures occurred among workers using cathode ray tubes, such as computer screens, in their jobs. Workers were exposed to many sources of microwave and radiofrequency radiation from radio and radar transmitters, industrial drying equipment, heat sealing and curing equipment, and certain medical research devices. Training and support services were mentioned.
Keywords
  • Occupational diseases
  • Industrial medicine
  • Radiation effects
  • Radiation hazards
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Research
  • Hazardous materials
  • Standards
  • Government policies
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Work environments
  • Testimony
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 57V - Radiobiology
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 68F - Radiation Pollution & Control
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
  • 41I - Job Environment
  • 94D - Job Environment
Corporate Authors National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 199006
NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) Testimony on Radiation Before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, by Elliot Harris, June 28, 1977.
NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) Testimony on Radiation Before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, by Elliot Harris, June 28, 1977.
PB90130626

  • Occupational diseases
  • Industrial medicine
  • Radiation effects
  • Radiation hazards
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Research
  • Hazardous materials
  • Standards
  • Government policies
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Work environments
  • Testimony
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 57V - Radiobiology
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 68F - Radiation Pollution & Control
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
  • 41I - Job Environment
  • 94D - Job Environment
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