Microwave Leak Testing
Microwave safety: The design of microwave ovens ensures that the microwaves are contained within the oven and can only be present when the oven is switched on and the door is shut. Leakage around and through the glass door is limited by design to a level well below that recommended by international standards. However, microwave leakage could still occur around damaged, dirty or modified microwave ovens. It is therefore important that the oven is maintained in good condition. Users should check that the door closes properly and that the safety interlocks, fitted to the door to prevent microwaves from being generated while it is open, work correctly. The door seals should be kept clean and there should be no visible signs of damage to the seals or the outer casing of the oven. If any faults are found or parts of the oven are damaged, it should not be used until it has been repaired by an appropriately qualified service engineer.
Microwave energy can be absorbed by the body and produce heat in exposed tissues. Organs with a poor blood supply and temperature control, such as the eye, or temperature-sensitive tissue have a higher risk of heat damage.The practice of physical inspection goes a long way to ensuring that the incidence of leakage above recommended allowances is kept low, however the only sure way of checking functionality is to measure for potential leakage using a calibrated Instrument capable of detecting microwave frequncies at low levels.Combining these two practices is a reliable method of maintenance and gives piece of mind to employers and employees and demonstrates compliance to Electricity at Work Act and Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations. We can provide effective testing using calibrated equipment to ensure that your microwave oven complies with current leakage standards:BS EN 60335-2-25: Domestic Microwave Ovens.
BS EN 60335-2-90: Commercial microwave OvensWithin the standards and guidance documents, microwave oven leakage should not exceed 5mW/sq cm when measured at a distance of 50mm or more from the exterior surface of the appliance under test. We use accurate and reliable test equipment to verify that microwave ovens meet these standards.