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QUICK LINKS FOR NONIONIZING RADIATION

ENVIRONMENTAL SOURCES

60 Hertz Power lines (EMFs)

Magnetic fields from power lines are not regulated by any federal or state agency. If you wish to have magnetic field measurements made, contact the electric utility owning the transmission or distribution line of interest. Refer to the information provided in the booklet link listed below in order to interpret your readings.
http://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/assets/docs_p_z/results_of_emf_research_emf_questions_answers_booklet.pdf

Find additional information at the following links:
http://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/agents/emf/

http://www.who.int/peh-emf/en/

Cell Phone Towers

Federal Agency Responsible - Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 1-888-CALL-FCC

http://www.fcc.gov/guides/human-exposure-rf-fields-guidelines-cellular-and-pcs-sites

Other Communications Sources - Radio and TV Broadcasting Towers, Satellite Earth Station Antennas, Microwave Towers, Two-way Antennas, Radar and Amateur Radio, electromagnetic interference complaints

Federal Agency Responsible - Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 1-888-CALL-FCC

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MAJOR CONSUMER PRODUCTS

Cell Phones

Federal Agency Responsible - Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
1-888-CALL-FCC
1-888-INFO-FDA

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shares regulatory responsibilities for cell phones with FCC. FCC certifies wireless devices, and all phones sold in the US must comply with FCC guidelines on radiofrequency (RF) exposure. FDA has authority to take action if cell phones are shown to emit RF energy at a level hazardous to the user.

http://www.fda.gov/radiation-emittingproducts/radiationemittingproductsandprocedures/homebusinessandentertainment/cellphones/default.htm

http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/radio-frequency-safety

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs193/en/

http://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/agents/cellphones/index.cfm

Tanning Beds

State Agency Responsible - NJ Department of Health 609-826-4941

 

Microwave Ovens

Federal Agency Responsible - Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 1-888-INFO-FDA

FDA has a performance standard for manufacturers of microwave ovens. For questions regarding radiation leakage, it is best to call the oven manufacturer.

http://www.fda.gov/Radiation-EmittingProducts/RadiationEmittingProductsandProcedures/HomeBusinessandEntertainment/ucm142616.htm

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Laser Pointers

Federal Agency Responsible - FDA - Regulates manufactures of pointers 1-888-INFO-FDA

Lasing aircraft is a federal offense and falls under the shared jurisdiction of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and local law enforcement officials. To report an event, go to the following link:

http://www.faa.gov/aircraft/safety/report/laserinfo/

http://www.fda.gov/Radiation-EmittingProducts/RadiationSafety/AlertsandNotices/ucm116534.htm

General laser pointer info:

http://www.fda.gov/Radiation-EmittingProducts/RadiationEmittingProductsandProcedures/HomeBusinessandEntertainment/LaserProductsandInstruments/ucm116362.htm

http://www.fda.gov/Radiation-EmittingProducts/RadiationEmittingProductsandProcedures/HomeBusinessandEntertainment/LaserProductsandInstruments/ucm116373.htm

Laser Light Shows

Federal Agency Responsible - FDA 1-888-INFO-FDA

Owners need to obtain a variance for Class 3b and Class 4.

http://www.fda.gov/radiation-emittingproducts/radiationemittingproductsandprocedures/homebusinessandentertainment/ucm118907.htm

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Mercury Vapor and Metal Halide Lamps

Federal Agency Responsible - FDA - Performance Standards for manufacturers 1-888-INFO-FDA

Report suspected overexposures to FDA.

http://www.fda.gov/Radiation-EmittingProducts/RadiationEmittingProductsandProcedures/HomeBusinessandEntertainment/ucm116384.htm

http://www.fda.gov/Radiation-EmittingProducts/RadiationSafety/AlertsandNotices/ucm116540.htm

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Medical Use of Nonionizing Radiation

Federal Agency Responsible - FDA 1-888-INFO-FDA

FDA regulates the manufacturers of lasers, microwave, ultrasonic and RF sources used in medicine. Two major categories are:

MRI machines - http://www.fda.gov/Radiation-EmittingProducts/RadiationEmittingProductsandProcedures/MedicalImaging/ucm200086.htm

Ultrasound machines - http://www.fda.gov/Radiation-EmittingProducts/RadiationEmittingProductsandProcedures/MedicalImaging/ucm115357.htm

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Occupational Exposure to RF and Microwaves

Federal Agency Responsible - Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 1-800-321-OSHA

Suspected overexposures should be reported to your respective OSHA field office. For field office locations, go to the following link:

http://www.osha.gov/oshdir/nj.html

RF and Microwaves
http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/radiofrequencyradiation/index.html

http://www.ibew.org/IBEW/departments/safety/RF-ProblemSolution.htm

EMF fields
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/emf/

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/96-129/

ELF fields
http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/elfradiation/index.html

Lasers
http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/laserhazards/

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