[I couldn’t find this topic discussed elsewhere hence the new thread]
I’ve just found out - although apparently everyone else including the RSGB has known about this issue since the Spring and consulting with members - that Ofcom is proposing to introduce license changes to require all UK operators of transmitters with 10W EIRP or more to carry out a risk assessment as to the exposure risk to the public due to the EMF (Electromagnetic Fields) produced.
My immediate reaction was, … hang on … what about all the 1000’s of scientific studies into the effects of human exposure to RF [even microwave RF] at normal levels showing no ill effects? But, if Ofcom requires it, my opinion is of no consequence.
You can download a PDF of the Ofcom doc here …
Here’s a few extracts …
if the general public are not exposed to EMF from an amateur’s radio equipment in any area that is accessible to them, then the licensee would comply with the licence condition.
an amateur radio licensee does not need to comply with our licence condition in respect of their own exposure to EMF
e.g. you may cook your own brains but not your neighbour’s.
The way I interpret this is, I’ll need a risk assessment for my VHF rig/2m colinear and another for my HF rig / long wire antenna at the home QTH [either calculated or measured] - unless I can reasonably show that my nearest neighbour is too far away.
What about the postman who comes to the front door [albeit for less than a minute]?
And what about portable SOTA locations with my various antennas and several rigs not to mention summit locations some with other walkers around. So how many risk assessments is that so far?
Will common sense prevail?