This version of Supplement C supercedes the 97-01 edition and is issued in connection with the FCC’s OET Bulletin 65, Version 97-01. The information in this supplement provides additional guidance for use by applicants for FCC equipment authorization in evaluating mobile and portable devices for compliance with the FCC’s guidelines for human exposure to radiofrequency (RF) electromagnetic fields. Users of this supplement should also consult Bulletin 65 for complete information on FCC policies, guidelines and compliance-related issues concerning human exposure to RF fields. OET Bulletin 65 can be viewed and downloaded from the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology’s World Wide Web Internet Site: http://www.fcc.gov/oet/.”
Regulations & Guidelines for RF Radiation
“The following is a brief overview of the regulations and guidelines that address RF radiation and are intended to protect workers, at federal, state, and local levels.
5.1 Federal Communications Commission Guidelines
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has jurisdiction over all registered transmitting services except those operated by the Federal Government. Under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the FCC is required to consider human exposure to RF radiation because transmitting devices that fall within its jurisdiction have “a high potential for creating significant RF exposure to humans.”
The FCC requires telecommunications providers – the owners of the equipment, their licensees – to conduct RF emission compliance studies where their devices are located to ensure that they do not pose a health risk. The resulting report should include the steps that are being taken to protect workers and the general public.
The FCC’s exposure guidelines are outlined in OET Bulletin 65 “Evaluating Compliance with FCC Guidelines for Human Exposure to Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields”8 The health and safety portion of this guidance document reflects the recommendations of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) voluntary standards and the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, and are based on thresholds for known adverse effects and include “prudent margins of safety.” The FCC guidelines include information on the maximum permissible exposure (MPE) limits, what owners of RF generating telecommunications equipment must do to comply with occupational and public exposure limits, methods to determine compliance, signage requirements, and other policies designed to protect telecommunications workers and the general public. The FCC does not set health and safety standards or specific training requirements, and it does not certify training programs. 9″ Link