Radiofrequency (RF) and Infrared (IR) Radiation

Potential Hazard
  • Possible employee exposure to radiofrequency (RF) radiation.
    • RF is associated with the use of induction heating.
    • RF can be emitted from backside metallization.
  • Possible employee exposure to radiofrequency infrared (IR) radiation.
    • IR radiation is emitted from the molten material.
    • IR radiation can be emitted from the furnace.
Possible Solutions
  • Identify RF and IR hazards; perform exposure evaluations when applicable.
  • Enclose operations involving RF and/or IR emissions; provide shielding as necessary.
  • Provide PPE as appropriate during operations when exposure is necessary. [29 CFR 1910 Subpart I]
  • Implement RF/IR radiation safety programs to further identify and control RF/IR hazards.
Additional Information

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