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Quick Links for Nonionizing Radiation

Environmental Sources

60 Hertz Power lines (EMFs)

Magnetic fields from power lines are not regulated by any federal or state agency. If you wish to have magnetic field measurements made, contact the electric utility owning the transmission or distribution line of interest. Refer to the information provided in the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences booklet in order to interpret your readings.

Find additional information at the following links:

Cell Phone Towers

Federal Agency Responsible: Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 1-888-CALL-FCC

http://www.fcc.gov/guides/human-exposure-rf-fields-guidelines-cellular-and-pcs-sites

Other Communications Sources

Radio and TV Broadcasting Towers, Satellite Earth Station Antennas, Microwave Towers, Two-way Antennas, Radar and Amateur Radio, electromagnetic interference complaints

Federal Agency Responsible: Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 1-888-CALL-FCC

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Major Consumer Products

Cell Phones

Federal Agency Responsible: Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 1-888-CALL-FCC
  Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 1-888-INFO-FDA

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shares regulatory responsibilities for cell phones with FCC. FCC certifies wireless devices, and all phones sold in the US must comply with FCC guidelines on radiofrequency (RF) exposure. FDA has authority to take action if cell phones are shown to emit RF energy at a level hazardous to the user.

http://www.fda.gov/radiation-emittingproducts/radiationemittingproductsandprocedures/homebusinessandentertainment/cellphones/default.htm

http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/radio-frequency-safety

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs193/en/

http://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/agents/cellphones/index.cfm

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Tanning Beds

State Agency Responsible: NJ Department of Health 609-826-4941

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Microwave Ovens

Federal Agency Responsible: Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 1-888-INFO-FDA

FDA has a performance standard for manufacturers of microwave ovens. Click here for information regarding microwave ovens from the FDA. For questions regarding radiation leakage, it is best to call the oven manufacturer.

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Laser Pointers

Federal Agency Responsible: Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 1-888-INFO-FDA

Lasing aircraft is a federal offense and falls under the shared jurisdiction of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and local law enforcement officials. To report an event, click here.

General laser pointer info:

Consumer Safety Alert: Internet Sales of Laser Products

Frequently Asked Questions About Lasers

Important Information for Laser Pointer Manufacturers

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Laser Light Shows

Federal Agency Responsible: Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 1-888-INFO-FDA

Owners need to obtain a variance for Class 3b and Class 4.

http://www.fda.gov/radiation-emittingproducts/radiationemittingproductsandprocedures/homebusinessandentertainment/ucm118907.htm

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Mercury Vapor and Metal Halide Lamps

Federal Agency Responsible: Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 1-888-INFO-FDA

Report suspected overexposures to FDA.

Mercury Vapor Lamps (Mercury Vapor Light Bulbs)

Ultraviolet Radiation Burns from High Intensity Metal Halide and Mercury Vapor Lighting Remain a Public Health Concern

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Medical Use of Nonionizing Radiation

Federal Agency Responsible: Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 1-888-INFO-FDA

FDA regulates the manufacturers of lasers, microwave, ultrasonic and RF sources used in medicine. Two major categories are:

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Occupational Exposure to RF and Microwaves

Federal Agency Responsible: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 1-800-321-OSHA

Suspected overexposures should be reported to your respective OSHA field office. Click here for field office locations.

RF and Microwaves

http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/radiofrequencyradiation/index.html

EMF fields

Electric and Magnetic Fields

EMFs in the Workplace

ELF fields

Information on ELF Radiation

Lasers

Laser Hazards

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