This Course is available in the following format:
RF Safety for Workers Training – Hands-on
In this RF Safety for Workers Training course, we will help you understand what RF radiation is, the two types of radiation as related to its biological effects, and how to protect yourself from those effects. You will begin by learning the difference between ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, how the human body is affected by them, and the basics of the FCC regulations. You will then learn, using a combination of graphics and photographs, about the level of RF energy that may be presented by a variety of antennas, especially the types of antennas used for wireless services. You will learn safe distances for these antennas under worst-case conditions, guidelines designed to minimize your exposure, and how to use RF personal monitors when you must get closer to the antennas than the prescribed worst-case safe distances.
If you are a wireless industry professional, including many in real-estate, who works at or ear antenna installations, visits rooftop with antennas, or climbs cell towers, you may be aware that you are at risk of exposure to significant levels of RF radiation but may be unaware of the magnitude of the problem and how to mitigate your RF exposure risk. For example, those who just visit rooftops may not realize that they often risk exposure to higher levels of RF energy than may be encountered when actually climbing a tower.
• If you are familiar with some aspects of this RF Safety for Workers Training course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
• We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the course around the mix of technologies of interest to you (including technologies other than those included in this outline).
• If your background is nontechnical, we can exclude the more technical topics, include the topics that may be of special interest to you (e.g., as a manager or policy-maker), and present the course in manner understandable to lay audiences.
What You Will Learn:
Upon completing this RF Safety for Workers Training course, learners will be able to meet these objectives:
• Recognize the biological effects of RF radiation and how they differ from those of the ionizing radiation from X-rays and radioactive materials.
• Identify the potential for exposure to excessive levels of RF energy.
• Minimize your exposure to RF radiation through safe work practices.
• Use personal RF monitors effectively.
RF Safety for Workers Training – Course Syllabus:
Biology of RF Exposure
◾Ionizing radiation versus non-ionizing radiation
◾How your body functions as an antenna
◾What parameters are important in determining your exposure
◾Biological effects of excessive exposure to RF energy
RF Safety Regulations and Standards
◾FCC (or your national entity) regulations
◾OSHA (or your national entity) requirements
◾Sources of RF Energy
Propagation Characteristics of Antennas
◾Omni-directional wireless antennas
◾Directional or sector wireless antennas
◾Point-to-point microwave antennas
◾FM and TV antennas (some wireless sites are co-located with radio and television broadcast antennas)
Safe Work Practices
◾Using distance and time averaging while tower climbing and working on rooftops
◾Avoiding eye damage from waveguide leaks
RF Personal Monitors
◾RF personal monitors: Options, features, use, and limitations
◾Making effective use of RF personal monitors