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Document ID (ISN)100591
CIS number 02-1900
ISSN - Serial title 1529-8663 - AIHA Journal
Year 2000
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Sisto R., Pinto I., Stacchini N., Giuliani F.
Title Infrared radiation exposure in traditional glass factories
Bibliographic information Jan.-Feb. 2000, Vol.61, No.1, p.5-10. Illus. 10 ref.
Abstract A simple method for the evaluation of exposure to infrared radiation (IR-A, IR-B, IR-C) from high temperature (>1000░C) sources using a luxometric or a near-IR detector is presented. The method uses the universality of the Planck formula for the black body spectrum, which allows estimation of the radiated power in any wavelength range by measuring the power radiated in another range. This capability may be very useful when the range of interest is one in which radiometers are expensive and difficult to calibrate, as for the IR-B and IR-C ranges, because a more commonly available luxometer can be used instead. The method was applied to evaluate radiation in two traditional Italian glass factories. Intense exposures in the IR-B and IR-C ranges were found for some workers, exceeding the ACGIH limits by a large factor. This exposure must be reduced, as epidemiological studies confirm the existence of a correlation between cataractogenesis and work with fused glass and metals.
Descriptors (primary) molten materials; infrared radiation; glass industry; exposure evaluation
Descriptors (secondary) infrared radiation cataract; limitation of exposure; permissible levels; infrared detectors; risk factors; description of technique; light measurement
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceItaly
Subject(s) Materials, glass and ceramics
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Exposure evaluation
Glass, pottery and related materials
Non-ionizing radiation