Across the world, EMF hazards have certain limitations which are regulated by the government. Although there are limitations in place for some aspects of EMF exposure, it is essential that our governments continue to apply further regulations on upcoming technology.
EMF Hazards Which Are Government Regulated
- Electronic Devices
- Electronic devices which emit non-ionizing or ionizing radiation are regulated by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)Trusted Source.
- Cell Phones
- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has created a set of exposure limits on electromagnetic radiation from cell phones and cell phone towers.
- The FCC rules and guidelines are based on standards developed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP), plus input from other governmental agencies.
- Smart Meters
- The FCC has set exposure limits for the radiation emitted from smart meters.
- Smart meters are essentially boxes applied to the sides of houses and businesses that use a cellular transmitter to track power consumption.
- Power Lines
- Currently, there are no federal restrictions on EMF which is emitted from power lines in both residential or occupational areas.
- Medical Use
- Many medical devices and procedures use ionizing radiation to both diagnose and treat conditions and disease.
- Some examples of this include X-rays, CT scans, and radiation therapy.
- There are various regulatory agencies which share responsibility for the safety of these procedures and devices, including the Centres for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), the FDA, the EPA, and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
- Nuclear Power
- There are several regulatory agencies which share responsibility for regulating nuclear power and coordinating disaster response.
- These include the EPA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the NRC.
- Imported Products
- The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) screens imported goods to ensure that they are free of harmful substances.
- Exposure to EMF in workplaces is governed by legislation and enforced by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA).
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