Accession Number:

ADA355148

Title:

Evaluation of Electromagnetic Measurements With Regard to Human Exposure Standards.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Sep 94-Sep 95

Corporate Author:

NORTHEASTERN UNIV BOSTON MA DIV OF RESEARCH MANAGEMENT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1998-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

49.0

Abstract:

The effects of radio frequency RF and extremely low frequency ELF electromagnetic fields can produce biological effects that can be harmful to human health. Both thermal and field effects are possible. This report estimates the effects of human exposure to electromagnetic fields in four frequency regimes 60 Hz. high voltage power lines, 28 KHz. very low frequency VLF communication systems extendible to 10-30 MHz range, and 900 MHz cellular communication systems. An outline of the approach needed to analyze the 70-144 MHz communication range is given but no results were generated in this effort. The known thermal and non-thermal effects are reviewed. Hazardous exposure situations are investigated including epidemiological studies, laboratory exposure to animals and in vitro studies at the cellular level. Guidelines are suggested for the ELF, VLF and cellular telephone frequencies. The scaling of measurements is discussed along with approximate analytical results. Health standards are presented, and conclusions and recommendations are given. The report also includes an extensive bibliography. Appendix A has an evaluation of government furnished field measurements with regard to IEEE and ANSI standards. Appendix B contains one preprint and three preprints of papers supported by or related to this work.

Subject Categories:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Radiofrequency Wave Propagation

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE