Working with an unseen hazard, like radio frequency energy, can cause you to underestimate the seriousness of the threat you face. Even though the owner of the source of radio frequency energy or your employer is responsible for your safety, it's important that you be prepared to protect yourself. The best way to protect yourself from radio frequency energy exposure is to understand the threat and know what to do to eliminate or minimize your exposure. Knowing what radio frequency energy is, where it originates, what are its sources, and its possible biological effects will help you protect yourself. Familiarity with the standards and regulations that have been developed to limit your exposure can help you make sure they are in place where you work. Finally, specific measures are used to protect against radio frequency exposure on cellular sites, so you can protect yourself by knowing what to look for at these sites.
This course was developed with subject matter support provided by EnSafe Inc., a global professional services company focusing on engineering, environment, health and safety, and information technology.Learning Objectives
- Identify characteristics of radio frequency energy
- Recognize the sources of radio frequency energy
- Recognize how radio frequency energy affects the body
- Identify what type of regulations, standards, and guidelines various organizations have developed
- Identify the recommendations to follow to help keep you safe while working near cell towers
- Identify methods used to control exposure to RF energy