The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Published an Updated Version of International Standard for Safety of Human Exposure to Non-Ionizing Radiation


The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) published an update to the international standard for safety levels with respect to human exposure to non-ionizing radiation (electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields) in the range of 0-300 GHz.

Exposure limits in the new standard have been updated in accordance with up-to-date physical models, which calculate radiation exposure in the human body, as well as various physical metrics in the body (such as an increase in temperature). These models presented a more accurate assessment of the impact of environmental exposures of electromagnetic fields on a human body.

Most of the changes in the new standard are in the range of high frequencies (for example, the cellular fifth generation, 5G) and of the intermediate frequencies (some of them have been eased compared to the previous standard and some have become more stringent, depending on frequency). The standard did not change the exposure limits for 50 Hz (the power grid), in frequencies of the current cellular generations and in Wi-Fi frequencies.

It should be noted that with regard to the general public's exposure, the Ministry of the Environmental Protection in Israel has adopted the limits of exposure to non-ionizing radiation set by the International Committee for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, ICNIRP (with various stringencies). However, since both organizations are exchanging information, the latest IEEE standard had an impact on the current ICNIRP limits update.

Exposure limits in the updated standard for working population (restricted areas) are mandatory for the workforce in Israel, since Israel has adopted the Employment Exposure Limitations of the USA’s ACGIH, directly derived from the International Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.


* Professional expert from around the world, including "Tnuda" team member, Dr. Amnon Duvdevany, took part in writing the new standard