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COMPARING STANDARDS FOR GENERAL PUBLIC RF EXPOSURE LEVELS
(900 AND 1800 MHZ ARE THE TWO MAIN EXISTING UK MOBILE PHONE BANDS)

Prepared by Alasdair Philips, Technical Director, Powerwatch, June 2000

Multiple signals should be added together, as the square root of the sum of squares of the individual signals.
Figures in bold in the table below are the main units given in the guidance.
‘Near-field’ levels next to a working mobile phone handset vary enormously depending on the antenna design
but can often exceed the electric field and power density levels set in the general exposure standards.

General Public Levels Frequency
MHz
E field
V/m
Power
W/m2
Power
m W/cm2
NRPB, 1993
(Current UK Investigation Levels)
900
1800
112
194
33
100
3300
10000
FCC OET65:1997-01 (USA)
based on ANSI/IEEE C95.1-1992
900
1800
47
61
6
10
600
1000
Canadian Safety Code 6
(SC6) 1993
900
1800
47
61
6
10
600
1000
ICNIRP, 1998 (recognised by WHO)
CENELEC, 1995 (EU)
900
1800
41
58
4.5
9
450
900
Australia 1988 (under review) 900 / 1800 27 2 200
Two USA research bases (1995) 30 – 100000 19 1 100
Poland (non-stationary people)
(stationary people)
300 – 300000 19
6
1
0.1
100
10
Russia 1988 (general public) 300 – 300000 6 0.1 10
Italy, Decree 381 (1999) 30 – 30000 6 0.1 10
Toronto Health Board
2000, proposal based on SC6/100
900
1800
5
6
0.06
0.1
6
10
Swiss Ordinance ORNI ( for base
stations ) From 1st.Feb.2000
900
1800
4
6
not
specified
not
specified
EU & UK EMC Regulations equipment
suscept test level (domestic & comm.)
30 – 2000 3 not
specified
not
specified
Typical max in public areas near base station masts (can be much higher) 900 & 1800 2 0.01 1
City of Salzburg, Austria, 1998 300 – 300000 0.62 0.001  0.1
Dr Cherry (NZ) proposal for now 300 – 300000 0.28 0.0002 0.02
Average US (EPA 1980)—–>
City Dweller max (FCC 1999)—–>
approx
30 – 300000
< 0.13
< 2
< 0.00005
< 0.01
< 0.005
< 1
Broadband ‘natural’ background 300 – 3000 < 0.00003 < 0.00000001 < 0.000001
** Typical, close to handset antenna 900 & 1800 50 – 300 2 – 50 200 – 5000

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