September 3, 2011
here to go to our main page on materials for microwaves
here to go to our page on safety
here to learn about the biological effects of RF radiation
There are several materials
commonly used in microwave engineering that are deemed hazardous
to your health. Generally, compounds containing beryllium are hazardous
to the respiratory tract. Gallium arsenide is also considered dangerous
For all hazardous materials,
material safety data sheets (MSDS) are available from their vendors
which spell out in detail the hazardous nature of the material.
Lead is considered hazardous.
The Restriction of Use of Hazardous
Substances (RoHS) eliminated lead from all manufacturing in
Europe by July 2006.
Many solvents are hazardous.
TCE is the worst, then perhaps acetone.
If you work in a fab, there
are many hazardous chemicals, and your employer should have yearly
training for you.
More to come, we promise!