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Introduction: Occupational exposure to Extremely Low Frequency Magnetic Fields (ELF-MFs) in train drivers is an integral part of the driving task and creates concern about driving jobs. The present study was designed to investigate the occupational exposure of Tehran train drivers to extremely low frequency magnetic fields.

Methods: In order to measure the drivers exposure, from each line, a random sample in AC and DC type trains was selected and measurements were done according to the IEEE std 644-1994 using a triple axis TES-394 device. Train drivers were then compared with national occupational exposure limit guidelines.

Results: The maximum and minimum mean exposure was found in AC external city trains (1.2±1.5 μT) and DC internal city trains (0.31±0.2 μT), respectively. The maximum and minimum exposure was 9 μT and 0.08 μT in AC trains of line 5, respectively. In the internal train line, maximum and minimum values were 5.4 μT and 0.08 μT in AC trains.

Conclusions: In none of the exposure scenarios in different trains, the exposure exceeded the national or international occupational exposure limit guidelines. However, this should not be the basis of safety in these fields.

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Type of Study: Research Article | Subject: Physical agents