October 23, 2019
Did you know that the IEEE Standard C95.1, which is the basis for the FCC guidelines, is only intended to protect against what they call “established adverse health effects”? And that IEEE has a very narrow and subjective definition of that term, that includes 5 and only 5 health effects? Their list of THE 5 “established adverse health effects” does not include:
- heart palpitations
- immune system, endocrine system, and nervous system disorders
- structural and functional changes of the reproductive system
- and so on
This quotation from the FCC RF exposure guidelines shows that they are based on the IEEE Standard C95.1.
§ 1.1310 Radiofrequency radiation exposure limits. 3
In the frequency range from 100 MHz to 1500 MHz, exposure limits for field strength and power density are also generally based on guidelines recommended by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in Section 4.1 of “IEEE Standard for Safety Levels with Respect to Human Exposure to Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields, 3 kHz to 300 GHz,” ANSI/IEEE C95.1-1992, Copyright 1992 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., New York, New York 10017. (emphasis added)
Code of Federal Regulations
Title 47: Section 1.1310 – Radiofrequency radiation exposure limits.
Subpart I – Procedures Implementing the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.
The following quotations from the IEEE Standard C95.1-2019 show that it is only intended to protect against “established adverse health effects”. The first two quotations are on page 1 of the Standard.
This standard specifies exposure criteria and limits to protect against established adverse health effects in humans associated with exposure to electric, magnetic, and electromagnetic fields in the frequency range of 0 Hz to 300 GHz.1,2 ”
The purpose of this standard is to provide science-based exposure criteria to protect against established adverse health effects in humans associated with exposure to electric, magnetic, and electromagnetic fields; induced and contact currents; and contact voltages, over the frequency range of 0 Hz to 300 GHz.3″
IEEE Standard for Safety Levels with Respect to Human Exposure to Electric, Magnetic, and Electromagnetic Fields, 0 Hz to 300 GHz
IEEE has shortened its definition of “established adverse health effect”. The new (2019) definition is:
established adverse health effect: An effect detrimental to the health of an individual due to exposure to an electric, magnetic, or electromagnetic field, or to induced or contact currents, with the following characteristics:
a) It is supported by the weight of the evidence of that effect in studies published in the scientific literature.
b) The effect has been demonstrated by independent laboratories.
c) There is consensus in the scientific community that the effect occurs for the specified exposure conditions.
See also: adverse health effect
The current version identifies five such effects, not in the definition of that term but on page 15.
The following short-term reactions associated with electrostimulation at frequencies below 100 kHz for CW exposures have been established:
1) aversive or painful stimulation of sensory or motor neurons;
2) muscle excitation that can lead to injury while performing potentially hazardous activities;
3) excitation of neurons or direct alteration of synaptic activity within the brain;
4) cardiac excitation; and
5) adverse health effects associated with induced potentials or forces on rapidly moving charges within the body, such as in blood flow.
By “CW exposures” they mean “continuous-wave (CW) fields”.
For comparison here is the IEEE’s definition of “established adverse health effects” in C95.1-2005. The previous (2005) version of C95.1 identified the only four effects that IEEE considers to be “established adverse health effects” in their definition of that term.
3.1.21 established adverse health effect: A biological effect characterized by a harmful change in health that is supported by consistent findings of that effect in studies published in the peer-reviewed scientific literature, with evidence of the effect being demonstrated by independent laboratories, and where there is consensus in the scientific community that the effect occurs for the specified exposure conditions.
The development of this standard is based on the following established adverse health effects:
1) aversive or painful electrostimulation due to excessive RF internal electric fields,
2) RF shocks or burns due to contact with excessively high RF voltages,
3) heating pain or tissue burns due to excessive localized RF exposure, and
4) behavioral disruption, heat exhaustion or heat stroke due to excessive whole body RF exposures. See: adverse health effect.
Translation of the IEEE Standard C95.1-2019 into plain English
In other words according to the IEEE if a person is exposed to cell antenna electromagnetic radiation (or from any other source) and he or she develops one or more of the health effects I listed at the top of this section (starting with headaches, insomnia, tinnitus, etc.) but does not develop any of these 5 “established adverse health effects” it is fine. It is not a problem as far as IEEE is concerned. You could get cancer from EMF and die and IEEE does not consider that a problem. They consider that their Standard has done its job. Their Standard has succeeded! Why? Look at the Purpose and the Scope of the Standard. It was not intended to protect against cancer, headaches, insomnia, tinnitus, etc. It was ONLY intended to protect against their list of 5 “established adverse health effects.”
In other words when people in the FCC, industry, or government claim that you are “safe” as long as the equipment complies with the FCC guidelines that is not true. Besides all the thousands of studies on non thermal health effects before and since 1996, which is one reason, the Standard is not even intended to keep you safe!
The FCC guidelines as I said are based on the Standard, which means they are not even intended to keep you safe. They are only intended, as the Standard says, to protect against what they consider to be the “established adverse health effects”.