Can Microwaves Leak Radiation?
It’s crucial to ensure workplace microwaves are regularly checked to ensure that they not leaking harmful radiation. If your workplace hasn’t been tested and tagged recently, it might be time to book in an inspection.
Microwaves are a wonder of the modern kitchen. But like any appliance, they need to be regularly checked. In the case of microwave ovens, they can leak radiation and that’s dangerous for your health.
It’s important to check the microwaves used in a workplace on a regular basis, as these appliances are subject to much more use (and potentially abuse) than the microwave in your everyday domestic kitchen.
How do microwaves work?
Microwaves produce energy that causes the water in food to vibrate and to heat up, resulting in the heating of the food. This energy is a form of radiation and over time, it can leak from the device. The energy produced by a microwave can penetrate living tissue – that’s why it’s critical to check regularly that your microwave is in safe working order.
What causes microwaves to leak radiation?
Microwaves most often leak radiation as a result of faulty door seals. The door seals can become faulty because of age, misuse, and not being cleaned regularly enough. Problems with the door seals are far more common in microwaves used in a workplace because of the volume of use and the number of different people using the device. It’s especially important that the microwaves used in commercial kitchen environments are checked regularly.
Any damage caused to a microwave on your worksite either by accident or misuse, should be reported immediately and the microwave tested independently for radiation leaks.
How can I tell if my microwave is leaking radiation?
The only way to tell if your microwave is leaking radiation is with microwave testing by a professional who can check that it’s safe for a kitchen environment based on the safety standards AS/NZ 3760 and AS/NZS 60335.2.25. If your microwave is showing signs of age and its door seals aren’t as good as they used to be, then you should book in a microwave test as a priority.
Jim’s Test & Tag technicians can perform microwave tests while they’re testing and tagging the other appliances in your workplace. If you incorporate microwave testing into your regular testing protocols, then you can always be sure that your microwave is operating safely.
How dangerous is it if my microwave is leaking radiation?
Leaking radiation is dangerous to humans, and it needs to be fixed as a priority, but it will affect some people more than others. People who have a pacemaker installed are particularly susceptible. If someone with a pacemaker feels dizzy or disoriented after using a microwave, they should move away immediately and seek medical assistance.
What’s involved in microwave testing?
Microwave testing can only be conducted by a professional who is skilled and knowledgeable in safety standards AS/NZ 3760 and AS/NZS 60335.2.25. They use a microwave oven radiation leakage detector to identify the amount of radiation your microwave is producing and assess whether it is safe to operate.
They can also test for microwave efficiency which involves testing the microwave to ensure that it is still operating at the correct level of power efficiency. The power efficiency test can determine if the microwave is producing the correct power output which means that food is cooked in the correct time.
What happens if my microwave fails the microwave testing?
The technician will apply a sticker to the appliance which indicates that it has failed the safety tests and cannot be used. Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done to fix the appliance. You’ll need to buy a new microwave.