Workplace radiation safety standard

Friday, 04 March, 2005

Government testing authorities have confirmed that it is possible for microwave ovens that show no sign of physical damage to emit radiation levels that exceed the Australian Standard and International emission limit.

Standards Australia and the National Health & Medical Research Council have set guidelines for permissible levels of radiation leakage from microwave ovens used in a workplace of public place environment. The most practical way to accurately determine whether the above guidelines are being met is to have the microwave ovens tested in accordance with National Health & Research Council procedures.

Microwave ovens used in 'workplace staff rooms' are not excluded from the approvals process and should be marked with approvals identification signifying compliance with AS/NZ 3350.2.25:1997 (60335.2.25).

The testing of microwave ovens may be included as part of a Preventative Maintenance and Occupational Health & Safety program and will ensure Australian Standard radiation emission levels are being met.

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