EMF Exposure Limits for Wireless Transmitters
|Nation||Exposure Limits from Wireless Transmitters|
|USA and some western European countries||10 microwatts|
|Russia and eastern European countries
|Salzburg, Austria||0.1 microwatts|
The table above compares exposure limits for radio frequency radiation at 2000 MHz (similar to that used by many cellular companies throughout the world). Notice that US safety standards for wireless exposures are now among the weakest in the world.
The FCC was assigned by the Environmental Protection Act of 1969 to protect our health from radio frequency radiation, including microwaves.
The U. S., standard which was established in the 1950’s and last updated in 2007, is based solely on the thermal (heating) effect on tissue from radio frequency waves during only short term (6-20 minute) exposure. The U.S. safety standard ignores biological impacts from non-thermal effects from low-level microwaves and from longer duration exposures. The standard does not protect us from additional microwave and RF effects that can injure us.
Other countries set their standards based on science that show biological effects at very low, non-thermal exposure levels or on the Precautionary Principle.
The intensity of these exposures is now far greater due to the increasing number and power of wireless transmitters such as cell towers, WiFi, cellphones, cordless phones, Smart appliances, Smart Meters and the Smart Grid, and the pervasiveness of these sources in our environment. Exposures are increasingly involuntary as WiFi networks are installed in public places and Smart Meter networks expand in neighborhoods.
Health effects from electromagnetic fields are cumulative. That is, we are exposed to radiation at home, work, businesses, leisure, in automobiles, virtually everywhere we go. Our actual exposure must take all exposure sources into account. Cellphone radiation must be added to radiation from microwave appliances, WiFi systems, our computers, electrical transmission and wiring, cordless phones, electrical appliances – and the list goes on.
Chart adapted from: http://justproveit.net/content/safety-standards and http://www.who.int/peh-emf/meetings/day2Varna_Foster.pdf