A set of updated, evidence-based guidelines defining safe levels of exposure to high-frequency electromagnetic fields (EMF) has been published in Health Physics, official journal of the Health Physics Society.

The report by an expert Project Group of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) seeks “to establish guidelines for limiting exposure to EMFs that will provide a high level of protection for all people against substantiated adverse health effects from exposures to both short- and long-term, continuous and discontinuous radiofrequency EMFs.” After a public consultation period, the guidelines were approved by ICNIRP earlier this year.

Electromagnetic fields in the high-frequency or radiofrequency range—100 kilohertz (kHz) to 300 gigahertz (GHz)—are widely used in technologies including communications (such as cell phones and Wi-Fi networks) and home appliances (microwave ovens). They are also used in medical devices, such as MRI scanners, as well as radiofrequency ablation equipment used in medical and surgical treatments.

To read more, visit Wolters Kluwer Health and find the article in Health Physics.