Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards/Metal Detector Safety
Expert: Robert Tipton, CSP - 10/31/2012
Question Hi. My office will be moving next year to a new office, and it was recently announced that all employees will have to walk through a metal detector to get in. I am sure that a metal detector is not quite the same thing as an x-ray machine, but still, there has to be at least some concern over increased cancer risk. I was wondering if you might be aware of any studies that have looked into this link. Thank you very much.
Answer Vance great question! For the most part the metal detector technology is safe. I have not seen anything to the contrary regarding cancer risk. Metal detectors emit low power electromagnetic fields to detect metal. Metal detectors do not use ionizing radiation! Here is a link that has a good explanation of how metal detectors work. https://www.ncjrs.gov/school/ch3a_2.html I hope this answers your question. If you have further questions or need any additional information, do not hesitate to contact me. Thanks
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