Protecting Personnel from Electromagnetic Fields
|Publication Date:||31 August 2018|
PURPOSE. This Instruction:
a. Reissues DoD Instruction (DoDI) 6055.11 (Reference (a)) in accordance with the authority in DoD Directive (DoDD) 5134.01 (Reference (b)) and the guidance in DoDD 4715.1E (Reference (c)) to update policy, responsibilities, and procedures for protecting personnel from exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) from 0 to 300 gigahertz (GHz).
b. Removes laser content, which is covered in DoDI 6055.15 (Reference (d)).
c. Establishes the DoD Transmitted EMF Radiation Protection (TERP) Working Group to provide technical guidance and recommend policy on EMF safety and health matters within the Department of Defense in accordance with DoDI 6055.01 (Reference (e)).
d. Establishes the DoD EMF Injury Hotline.
e. Expands guidance to include exposure to EMFs from 0 to 3 kilohertz (kHz) in accordance with the American National Standards Institute/Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) C95.6-2002 (Reference (f)).
APPLICABILITY. This Instruction:
a. Applies to the OSD, the Military Departments, the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff, the Combatant Commands, the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense, the Defense Agencies, the DoD Field Activities, and all other organizational entities in the Department of Defense (hereafter referred to collectively as the "DoD Components").
b. Applies to DoD operations, activities, and installations worldwide, including Governmentowned, contractor-operated facilities and non-DoD activities operating on DoD installations.
c. Does not apply to patients exposed to EMFs as part of a diagnostic or therapeutic medical or dental treatment.
d. Does not apply to potential or suspected adverse health effects in persons with implanted electronic medical devices (such as pacemakers), metal implants (such as orthopedic appliances), or stents, shunts, or wires attributable to EMF levels below the maximum permissible exposure (MPE). Exposures to these devices below the MPE are covered by Food and Drug Administration guidelines for each medical device.