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Risk management policies and practices regarding radio frequency electromagnetic fields: results from a WHO survey

Abstract : This study aims to describe current risk management practices and policies across the world in relation to personal exposures from devices emitting radiofrequency fields, environmental exposures from fixed installations and exposures in the work environment. Data from 86 countries representing all WHO regions were collected through a survey. The majority of countries (76.8 %) had set exposure limits for mobile devices, almost all (90.7 %) had set public exposure limits for fixed installations and 76.5 % had specified exposure limits for personnel in occupational settings. A number of other policies had been implemented at the national level, ranging from information provisions on how to reduce personal exposures and restrictions of usage for certain populations, such as children or pregnant women to prevention of access around base stations. This study suggests that countries with higher mobile subscriptions tend to have set radiofrequency exposure limits for mobile devices and to have provisions on exposure measurements about fixed installations.
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Amit Dhungel, Denis Zmirou-Navier, Emilie Deventer. Risk management policies and practices regarding radio frequency electromagnetic fields: results from a WHO survey. Radiation Protection Dosimetry, Oxford University Press (OUP), 2015, 164 (1-2), pp.22--27. ⟨10.1093/rpd/ncu324⟩. ⟨hal-01146847⟩

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