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Tester’s growing range of microwave and radiation leakage detectors includes the Amprobe TX900 Microwave Leakage Detector Kit and the METREL PASSPTA20 Microwave Leakage Detector. Why would you need to meter radiation? Read on.
Radiation is everywhere, from the light of the sun to the rocks of the earth; thankfully most radiation is harmless to humans as it is dispersed safely upon contact. There are, however, a range of common household items that could - if not properly maintained - cause substantial deep tissue burns and hyperthermia.
The most common source of radiation a person will encounter is that from a microwave. There has also been substantial research performed on whether or not mobile phones generate enough of it to harm humans; the jury is still out on this topic but caution should still be taken. Every mobile phone however is tested to the FCC standards of safety ensuring they do not give off more than the accepted amount.
There are a number of unqualified techniques that can be used in order to roughly test if a microwave may have a problem. These include placing a laptop inside the oven (switched off!) and seeing if the Wi-Fi connection is functioning, or waving a fluorescent tube above the oven while it is active to see if the light glows. These techniques, although useful, can be affected by external factors making some of the tests unreliable.
When working in an environment where people or products may be exposed to radiation it is vital that further steps are taken to ensure no contamination is taking place. This is typically carried out by trained professionals using highly sensitive testing equipment to ensure the safety of their workers and clients.
For truly accurate readings an engineer should use a calibrated tester capable of detecting the required range of radiation. These instruments range from the precision microwave leakage detectors that are purpose built for incredibly accurate readings for the microwave spectrum, to the more general and typically more expensive Geiger counters that can be used for detecting the full range of radioactive energy.