fields can pose a hazard to the health of people.
The increased use of radio frequency energy for communications,
industrial and medical purposes in addition to a general
increase in public awareness of the issues has resulted
in the introduction of new standards and a proposal
for EU Directives and recommendations.
European Commission has published a Recommendation
(1999/519/EC) urging Member States to put in place
national provisions setting down maximum limits of
non-ionising electromagnetic fields. This Recommendation
has closely adopted the ICNIRP (International
Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection)
1998 guidelines. It applies to public exposure only.
CEI is active on CENELEC (European electrotechnical
standardisation body) committees that are developing
standards for publication under the Low Voltage Directive
and the RTTE Directive and leads the Irish delegation
Guidelines similar to those adopted
by the ICNIRP have also been adopted for a proposed
EU Directive (93/C77/102), which is intended to ensure
the protection of workers from non-ionising electromagnetic
fields. The aim of the Directive will be to protect
workers only and will not specify levels for public
areas. The proposed Directive quotes basic restrictions
similar to those contained in the ICNIRP guidelines.
CEI has extensive experience
in this area and has assessed many equipment types
with complex emissions profiles to ensure compliance
with the standards. The threat level is dependent
on many aspects of the exposure requiring a wide range
of equipment and experience to properly assess the
risk. CEI possesses a wide range of radiation hazard
monitors, low and high frequency spectrum analysers
and transducers that enables characterisation of pulsed,
continuous and multi frequency exposure scenarios.
and Human Health in Ireland by John McAuley]
We provide site surveys of EM fields,
interpret relevant standards, assist with the reduction
of excessive levels and carry out detailed assessments
when the levels have been exceeded.
Licensed radio operators are often
required by local authorities to provide an independent
safety assessment of proposed transmitters to ensure
public safety. CEI, as an independent laboratory with
the necessary competence, are recognised as the leading
provider of these assessments in Ireland. A full report
is provided with plots of human exposure level at
incremental distances from the mast along with a clear
statement of compliance with the appropriate guidelines.