RF Radiation Overexposure: A Fact Sheet for the Public
RF Radiation Over-Exposure
The risk of RF radiation over-exposure from transmitting antennas has long been scientifically identified as a human health hazard and is recognized as such by the FCC.1 As a result, the FCC has established RF radiation regulations and Human Exposure Limits.2 Notably, a single RF transmitting antenna is hundreds of times more powerful than the RF radiation emitted from a cell phone.3 RF radiation hazards from transmitting antennas often inflict non-thermal injuries.4 In limited instances, thermal injuries may exist in combination with Cognitive/Psychological injuries.5
Cognitive/Psychological RF radiation injuries manifest as depression, anxiety, memory loss, uncontrolled mood swings, sleep disorders, and diminished or slowed cognitive function.6
Context of Cognitive/Psychological Injuries
Non-thermal injuries routinely occur and are attributable to inadequate and flawed RF radiation health and safety programs and protocols to protect workers. Current RF radiation paradigms consistently fail to ensure compliance with FCC RF radiation human exposure limits. In turn, non-thermal injuries are common among the demographic group of “at risk” first responders and third party workers.
Risk of Non-Diagnosis or Misdiagnosis of Cognitive/Psychological Injuries
Significant risk exists that these injuries will not be diagnosed or misdiagnosed by medical professionals for a number of reasons. There are no fool-proof, objective scientific tests (e.g., blood tests, tests used for diagnosis of mesothelioma) to confirm the existence of these injuries. These types of injuries will be manifested over time – rarely immediately upon RF Radiation over-exposure. Due to lack of awareness, education and training, the medical profession is not prepared to properly identify and treat these injuries. Nonetheless, that doesn’t change the severity of those injuries and the consequences to injured individuals. The improper diagnosis affects the variety of treatments offered compounding the effect of misunderstanding the direct and actual cause of those injuries. Left untreated or improperly treated, the consequences can be severe – deterioration of family relationships, destruction of employment and financial opportunities and even suicide.
RF Radiation Overexposure is a Completely Avoidable Workplace Hazard
National Antenna & Tower Safety Center (NA&TSC) recognizes the challenges of providing RF site safety for workers and has created a globally patented safety protocol and technology solution to ensure the health and safety of all workers at all wireless transmission sites. This is a 21st century solution to a 21st century problem.
It’s time for the wireless industry to do the right thing and adopt the NA&TSC safety protocol.
1. The FCC adopted the RF standards established by the IEEE/ANSI after protracted review, research, debate and public comment. See, “Welcome to IEEE Standards development online”; http://standards.ieee.org/resources/development/index.html.↩
2. COMAR Reports, “COMAR Technical Information Statement: the IEEE exposure limits for radiofrequency and microwave energy,” IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine, March/April 2005, at page 114.↩
3. Federal Communications Commission, Office of Engineering and Technology, Bulletin 56.↩
4. “The Cognitive and Behavioral Effects of Microwave Exposure,” http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/106565260/PDFSTART (at page16).↩</p>
6.Id. at pages 16-21; also COMAR Reports, supra.↩