Radiation Protection Standard for Maximum Exposure Levels to Radiofrequency Fields - 3 kHz to 300 GHz (2002)

This standard specifies limits of human exposure to radiofrequency fields in the range 3kHz to 300GHz to prevent adverse effects. It specifies basic restrictions for occupational exposure, general public exposure, and equipment and usage parameters.

RPS No. 3 has been superseded by the following publication:

Standard for Limiting Exposure to Radiofrequency Fields – 100 KHz to 300 GHz (Rev. 1)

Attention ARPANSA licence holders 
RPS S-1 is now in force as a licence condition (replacing RPS 3).  A grace period exists until 1 October 2021 to allow for relevant safety documentation to be updated to refer to the new standard. There will then be an expectation of compliance with RPS S-1. 

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- updated 31 May 2016

Publications from the Radiation Protection Series are now available in digital format only. If you require access to a format other than PDF, please contact us.

The digital edition of the standard includes:

Revision of Schedule 5 of RPS3

ARPANSA has revised Schedule 5 of RPS3 by extending the scope to include equipment operating up to 6 GHz. The revision is intended to reduce compliance costs for suppliers of low-powered mobile or portable transmitting equipment. The revision does not affect the requirements of this equipment in meeting the human exposure limits.

Prior to the revision exemptions in Schedule 5 applied to mobile or portable devices emitting RF fields at frequencies between 100 kHz and 2500 MHz. An increasing number of low-powered transmitting devices operate outside this range, for example Wi-Fi operating at 5,000 MHz. Because these devices were outside the scope of Schedule 5, suppliers were required to demonstrate compliance by conducting an individual assessment (by direct measurement or calculation). By increasing the scope of Schedule 5, more low-powered devices will be exempt from the direct testing provisions, thereby reducing compliance costs and regulatory burden.

In developing the amendment to Schedule 5, ARPANSA consulted the joint Standards Australia/Standards New Zealand TE-007 Committee, which developed the Australian and New Zealand RF standard (AS/NZS 2772.2:2011). This Committee includes members from various stakeholders, including members of the telecommunications industry.

ARPANSA’s preliminary assessment of the revision concluded that there will be no regulatory impact on business or individuals. The Office of Best Practice Regulation agreed, therefore a regulatory impact statement was not required.

The proposed amendments to Schedule 5 are provided in the comparison table below:

Schedule 5 - Table of Amendments:

RPS3 Supporting Documents

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