Medicina y Seguridad del Trabajo
versión impresa ISSN 0465-546X
ARMIDA BRETONES, Rosa María et al. Safety basic rules when handling non-ionizing radiation equipment. Med. segur. trab. [online]. 2012, vol.58, n.226, pp.67-78. ISSN 0465-546X. http://dx.doi.org/10.4321/S0465-546X2012000100008.
Employee increasing concern about possible dangerous effects of the exposure to electromagnetic fields is meaning a distorted perception of the exposure related risks. Currently, there is no scientific evidence of the dangerous effects mentioned although surveillance over the exposures out of the safety limits is recommended. Within this Prevention Department in cooperation with The Medical Physics Department a procedure based on basic preventive criteria has been elaborated to guarantee health and safety of the employees who handle non-ionizing radiation emitting equipment in our hospital and specialized centers. To draw the procedure: scientific literature related to the electromagnetic fields effects over health has been checked, periodical working meetings have been held between both above mentioned departments; non-ionizing radiation equipment have been identified as well as the places they are based or used; and expert people advice has been used. The procedure sets control and follow-up measurements both for people and equipment such as follows: Shortwave, microwave and magnetic therapy, Nuclear magnetic resonance, Laser, Ultraviolet radiation. The procedure and illustrative posters have been deployed to the linked departments, the information and training having been given to the employees who work with kind of equipment.
Palabras clave : Non-ionizing radiation; Risk; Labor exposure; Procedure; Safety rules.