ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD RADIATION (EMFR) OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTALHEALTH PROGRAM
|Publication Date:||1 August 2014|
Purpose. This instruction outlines the responsibilities, policies, and structure of the Air Force EMF Occupational Health program. It implements the provisions of Department of Defense Instruction (DODI) 6055.11, Protecting Personnel from Electromagnetic Fields, or latest version thereof, which requires compliance with all applicable Federal, ANSI, and IEEE standards.
Applicability. This instruction applies to all Air Force military members (including the Reserve and National Guard), Department of the Air Force civilian employees (including foreign nationals) and to all sources of EMF owned or operated by the US Air Force, or under Air Force control. Overseas Air Force installations to include deployed locations will comply with this instruction or the requirements established by the Status of Forces Agreement, whichever is more stringent. Policies and procedures specific to Directed Energy Weapons (DEW) are not covered by this instruction but are provided in AFI 91-401, Directed Energy Weapons Safety. This instruction excludes optical and laser radiation frequencies, standards and reporting which are covered by AFI 48-139, Laser and Optical Radiation Protection Program. The Maximum Permissible Exposure (MPE) limits referenced in this instruction are detailed in the Attachment 2 and come from ANSI/IEEE C95.1, IEEE Standard for Safety Levels with Respect to Human Exposure to Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields, 3 kHz to 300 GHz. MPE limits do not apply to patients who are undergoing diagnostic or therapeutic procedures when EMF application is specifically prescribed by a physician, e.g., diathermy during physical therapy treatments, electromagnetic imaging, etc. The MPE does, however, apply to patients or medical staff who may be exposed incidentally during the medical procedure. The term "overexposure" used in this instruction refers to EMFR exposures greater than the MPE.