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Title:
MICROWAVE HAZARDS EVALUATION ( AEROSPACE MEDICINE, VOL. 35, NO. 8, AUGUST 1964 )
Author(s):
MICHAELSON, S [AEROSPACE CORP.]; SETH, H S [AEROSPACE CORP.]
Subject Terms:
HREX
Document Location:
Location - DOE/NNSA NUCLEAR TESTING ARCHIVE Address - P.O. Box 98521 City - Las Vegas State - NV Zip - 89193-8521 Phone - (702)794-5106 Fax - (702)862-4240 Email - NTA@NV.DOE.GOV
Document Type:
JOURNAL ARTICLE
Publication Date:
1964 Aug 31
Declassification Status:
Never classified
Document Pages:
0007
Accession Number:
NV0704458
Originating Research Org.:
AEROSPACE CORP.
OpenNet Entry Date:
1994 Aug 27
OpenNet Modified Date:
2012 May 14
Description/Abstract:
THE EVER-EXPANDING USE OF MICROWAVES AND UTILIZATION OF GREATER AND GREATER INTENSITIES CALLS FOR A PERIODIC EVALUATION OF MICROWAVE HAZARDS. THE PRESENT EVALUATION IS BASED ON EXPERIMENTAL ANIMAL DATA AND OBSERVATIONS ON RADAR PERSONNEL IN THE ARMED FORCES AND INDUSTRY. THE INJURY CAUSED BY MICROWAVES IS MAINLY THERMAL. NON-THERMAL EFFECTS HAVE NOT BEEN PROVED BEYOND DOUBT. EXPERIMENTAL IRRADIATION OF ANIMALS IS VERY DIFFERENT FROM THE ACTUAL EXPOSURE OF MAN IN RADAR OPERATION. ALSO MAN, IN COMPARISON WITH EXPERIMENTAL ANIMALS, HAS A MUCH MORE EFFICIENT THERMO-REGULATORY MECHANISM. EXTRAPOLATION OF ANIMAL DATA TO MAN IS, THEREFORE, OF LIMITED VALUE UNLESS INTER- SPECIES AND INTRA-SPECIES VARIABILITY IS RECOGNIZED AND CONSIDERED. ADDITIONAL HAZARDS SUCH AS THOSE DUE TO IONIZING RADIATION AND TOXIC AGENTS HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED. PROPER ENGINEERING AND LAY-OUT OF EQUIPMENT, EDUCATION OF PERSONNEL AND OBSERVANCE OF CERTAIN PRECAUTIONS ARE PRACTICAL AND EFFECTIVE PREVENTIVE MEASURES WHICH CAN BE INSTITUTED WITHOUT JEOPARDIZING OR INTERFERING WITH RADAR OPERATIONS. THIS SHOULD NOT LEAD TO COMPLACENCY AND NEGLECT OF VIGILANCE AND SEARCH FOR POSSIBLE ILL-EFFECTS DUE TO MICROWAVES.


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