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Radiofrequency (RF) is a frequency within the electromagnetic spectrum in the range of 3kHz-300GHz, that is used for radio transmission.

Included in this frequency range are radio and television broadcastings, cell phones and base stations, microwave ovens, smart meters, WiFi, and baby monitors.

The issue note RIN 06 addresses questions on health risks concerning electromagnetic fields surrounding cellular transmitting antennae mounted on towers, buildings and other structures.

Radiofrequency and Health

The 2016 review “Radiofrequency and Health” provides an overview on exposure and potential effects from radiofrequency (RF) radiation including (i) physical characteristics and measurement of exposure; (ii) the extent of exposure to RF from common residential wireless communication devices; (iii) thermal and non-thermal effects of RF and an assessment of potential health effects; and (iv) techniques for reducing personal exposure. 

A summary of the BCCDC/NCCEH document is available on the Office of the Provincial Health Officer site.

Radiofrequency Toolkit

RF Toolkit Cover.jpgThe Radiofrequency Toolkit was developed in response to requests from BC’s medical and environmental health officers to the BCCDC for assistance in assessing and communicating the risk to health from exposure to the many devices which emit radiofrequency waves. Students, public health residents, and specialists in epidemiology from outside BCCDC collaborated with staff from BCCDC and the National Collaborating Center for Environmental Health (NCCEH) on this project. 

The toolkit provides background on the physics of RF, its sources, measurement and exposure characteristics as well as an evaluation of the current scientific literature on potential biological and health effects associated with exposure to RF.

This Toolkit is intended for use by public health professionals and is now available for general access. You may download just the sections you are interested in from below, or the complete RF Toolkit.

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TOCTable of Contents
Section 1Executive Summary
Section 2Basic Physics of Radiofrequency
Section 3Sources of Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields
Section 4Detection and Measurement of Radiofrequency Waves
Section 5Assessment of Radiofrequency Exposure to the General Public
Section 6A     Biological Effects of Radiofrequency Exposure: Cell Culture Studies
Section 6BBiological Effects of Radiofrequency Exposure: Animal Studies
Section 7The Use of Electromagnetic Fields in Medicine and Its Effect on Patients and Health Care Workers
Section 8Health Effects Associated with Radiofrequency Exposure of Industrial Workers
Section 9Epidemiological Studies on the Risk of Head and Neck Tumours and Cancers Associated with the Use of Mobile Phones
Section 10Mobile Phones, Radiofrequency Waves, and Male Infertility
Section 11Neurophysiologic and Cognitive Performance Effects from Exposure to Radiofrequency Waves from Mobile Phones
Section 12Symptoms Attributed to Radiofrequency / Electromagnetic Fields
Section 13Radiofrequency Safety Guidelines and Standards
Section 14Strategies for Radiofrequency Exposure Reduction
Section 15Overview of Major Ongoing Research Projects on Electromagnetic Fields and Health
Section 16International Reports on Radiofrequency Exposures and  Health Effects
GlossaryGlossary of Acronyms

WHO - Radio Frequency fields: Environmental Health Criteria Monograph

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a draft monograph on radiofrequency fields for consultation (open until December 15, 2014). The draft monograph is available online for downloading.

The EHC will be published after the consultation.

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