Communication Network Safety
Integrated Compliance Assessment
Modern mobile communication networks typically consist of thousands of transmitters and are not static in design or layout. A process is therefore required for establishing RF safety compliance at all base transmitter stations (BTS) in a network. This process should be designed to cater for revisiting and management of sites in the network when a site is modified to a new configuration of technology or antennas. The process can include very basic checks for easily assessable sites such as free standing masts. More comprehensive assessments that might include measurements or computer simulations are required at more complex sites such as rooftops with shared RF services.
Network providers maintain large databases of information describing the physical location and transmission entities, as required for compliance assessment. Along with tried and tested efficient protocols for the establishment and maintenance of RF safety compliance in a network, EMSS Consulting has the know-how and tools to integrate these databases with information gathered by surveying teams at BTS sites.
Measures required for compliance
The EMF guidelines most widely accepted in industry for the assessment of compliance are set and maintained by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). The ICNIRP guidelines specify which levels of exposure are safe for humans to operate in and are endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Compliance with EMF guidelines can usually be established by satisfying three requirements.
Why EMF Compliance?
It is important for a mobile communications network provider to maintain compliance with established international EMF health and safety guidelines. Good corporate governance as well as OH&S legislation requires that all employees work in a safe environment. BTS sites are not a huge health risk due to the relatively low power transmitters typically used in a network. Nonetheless, it is relatively easy to ensure and document full compliance in a network if established tools are employed.
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