Navy Issues Surrounding DOD-EMR Safety Standards
New standards for human exposure to safe levels of nonionizing radiation in the frequency range of 3 kHz to 300 GHz were recently adopted by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) (C95.1–1991,1 revision of ANSI C95.1–1982). These standards will likely be incorporated into the Department of Defense Instruction (DODINST) 6055.11 and thereby into the Naval Operations Instruction (OPNAVINST) 5100.19B and 23B. Should this be the case, the new standards pose several issues of concern to the U.S. Navy. The new standards may impact the military in several ways. The standards are much more complex and will require new interpretations and more understanding of relationships between electromagnetic radiation (EMR) and humans. A two-tiered exposure standard will be imposed, and induced current will be used for the first time. In addition, guidelines will be provided for exposure to pulsed EMR and relaxations for magnetic fields will be allowed. In other words, a number of changes from the previous instruction will be imposed. These changes will provoke both known and unknown operational issues.
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