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Radiation Protection Series S-1 (Rev. 1)

Standard for Limiting Exposure to Radiofrequency Fields – 100 kHz to 300 GHz

The Standard for Limiting Exposure to Radiofrequency Fields – 100 kHz to 300 GHz (2021), RPS S-1 (Rev. 1) sets limits of exposure to radiofrequency (RF) electromagnetic energy (EME) for the public and workers. The exposure limits set out in the Standard provide protection against all known adverse health effects from RF EME exposure and are set well below the level at which harm may occur. The limits in RPS S-1 are aligned with guidelines published in 2020 by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), which is the international body recognised as leaders in non-ionising radiation protection.

RPS S-1 also includes requirements for protection of the general public and the management of risk in occupational exposure from RF EME, together with additional information on verifying compliance with the limits of the standard.

This publication supersedes the Radiation Protection Standard for Maximum Exposure Levels to Radiofrequency Fields – 3 kHz to 300 GHz (2002), RPS 3. 

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Standard for Limiting Exposure to Radiofrequency Fields – 100 kHz to 300 GHz (Rev. 1) (2021)

Advisory note

The following advisory note describes the process to evaluate compliance with the requirements of RPS S-1 for mobile or portable transmitting equipment that emits EME at frequencies between 100 kHz and 300 GHz.  It explains the circumstances under which equipment may either be exempt from testing or require a demonstration of compliance through measurement or calculation of the RF EME it produces.

More information 

For people seeking further information there is a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions and answers and an infographic on RF EME and the Standard as well as a document detailing the changes between RPS S-1 and RPS3:

Public consultation

ARPANSA engaged in public consultation on the draft RPS S-1 from 31 August to 21 October 2020: