RF safety standards

Standards are safety levels that are recommended for exposure to electromagnetic fields and are derived from expert reviews of the scientific literature. The two main standard-setting bodies relevant to Australia are the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) and the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).

Relevant standards for Australia

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

The IEEE is a professional association dedicated to advancing the theory and practice of electrical, electronics, communications, computer engineering and computer science. IEEE is one of the leading standards-making organisations in the world and performs its standards making through the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA). The standard most relevant to the work of ACEBR is C95.1-2005 - IEEE Standard for Safety Levels with Respect to Human Exposure to Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields, 3 kHz to 300 GHz. This standard provides recommendations to protect against harmful effects in human beings exposed to electromagnetic fields in the specified range, which includes mobile phones and base station technology.Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP)

ICNIRP is a publicly funded body of independent scientific experts consisting of a main commission of 14 members, a scientific expert group and several specific project groups comprised of members of the main commission and scientific expert group. The expertise is used to address the important issues of possible adverse effects on human health of exposure to non-ionizing radiation. The scientific expertise of ICNIRP includes medicine, dermatology, ophthalmology, epidemiology, biology, photobiology, physiology, physics, electrical engineering and dosimetry. ICNIRP guidelines on exposure to electromagnetic fields can be found on the ICNIRP Website.

International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection