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5G & EMF personal monitors

We’re fielding a lot of questions about which personal monitors should be used for 5G. Just like any other EMF safety application the question is what frequency range do you want to cover?

And here lies the confusion about 5G. There are various 5G frequency band allocations all the way from 700 MHz to 86 GHz. The important point to note is that general network roll out will centre on the lower frequency bands e.g. 700 MHz & 3.5 GHz plus maybe the 26 GHz band and the 60 GHz & 80 GHz frequencies will be used for specific applications. From an EMF safety viewpoint field strengths will be limited at the high frequencies simply because it’s difficult and expensive to generate high power levels at these frequencies.

So to choose a personal monitor it’s not really sufficient to talk about 5G in general terms. You need to identify what 5G bands your personnel will be working with. If it’s 3.5 GHz then it’s an easy relatively low cost solution (Radman 2 LT 50 MHz to 8 GHz). If it’s 26 GHz then it’s still a straightforward solution (Radman 2 XT 900 kHz to 60 GHz), just more expense. If it’s >60 GHz then it’s a more complicated solution where we would look at bespoke calibration of the Nardalert S3. Standard Nardalert S3s are specified to 50 GHz so are suitable for use with 5G frequencies <50 GHz (as is the Nardalert XT) but the thermocouple sensor used in the Nardalert means 100 GHz is potentially achievable.

Radman 2 LT & Radman 2 XT

As you would expect we are getting lots of questions about the brand new Radman 2. There are two versions; the LT (8 GHz) and the XT (60 GHz). The LT has a lower price tag but the XT version is also much lower in cost than the previous Radman XT. We are finalising some details on stock levels and then we'll make an announcement about UK pricing, it will be soon. Until then please note you can download the datasheet here or from our personal monitor page.

EMF safety measurement training 3rd Oct 2018

We're running another of our popular EMF safety measurement courses on Wednesday 3rd October at our Basingstoke site. It's really all about EMF safety assessments with regard to EMF Directive 2013/35/EU and the corresponding UK CEMFAW Regulations and new for our 2018 courses we've revised the practical content to give more hands on experience. See the training page for further details and how to book your place. 

New ICNIRP guidelines

ICNIRP (International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection) have released their new radio frequency guidelines (100 kHz to 300 GHz) in draft form for comment.

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EMF safety explained

EMF safety basics brochure

EMF safety is a niche subject and those involved with it on a regular basis often take things for granted and use terminology that is far from easy to understand. Plus with the EMF Directive & CEMFAW Regulations in place it's made it necessary for more health & safety professionals and engineers to grapple with the subject. The Narda Safety Test Solutions booklet 'Everything you wanted to know about safety in electric, magnetic & electromagnetic fields' is a great place to start or provide some more background knowledge for those that already know a little about the subject. Just click here to download a great free resource that explains the EMF safety basics and more.

EMF safety measurement training 24th April 2018

We're lucky enough to have first hand knowledge of a wide range of EMF safety measurement scenarios - quite simply it's the day job and we've been doing it for many years. It means our measurement training covers not just the theory behind EMF safety measurement equipment but also real world measurement examples and how they fit in with the latest legislation; The Control of Electromagnetic Field at Work Regulations 2016. The next course has been scheduled for Tuesday 24th April at our Basingstoke site, places cost just £125. Contact us to book or ask for any further details.

EMF safety assessment webinar

We're pleased to have been invited by IOSH to present another EMF safey webinar. The last was an overview of the EMF Directive & the CEMFAW Regulations.

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CEMFAW Webinar

Anyone interested in a quick overview on the Control of Electromagentic Fields Regulations 2016 / EMF Directive 2013/35/EU can view a recording of the recent IOSH webinar by clicking here.

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CEMFAW Regulations 2016 webinar

On behalf of IOSH (Institute of Safety & Health) we recently presented a webinar on the Control of EMF at Work (CEMFAW)Regulations 2016.

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CEMFAW; exemptions or derogations?

OK, first up, exemptions and derogations are the same thing. EMF Directive 2013/35/EU just uses the term derogations whilst in the UK, HSE in the CEMFAW regulations have decided to use the term exemptions.

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EMF Area Monitors

The use of EMF safety area monitors makes sense in many environmental applications e.g. if a community has concerns about ambient fields and wants to monitor levels over a long period of time then area monitors are a useful tool.

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EMF safety measurement equipment

Alas the murky world of EMF safety measurement equipment isn’t straightforward and we're seeing equipment coming to the market that is less than adequate.

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