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Main Title Normalizing the Thermal Effects of Radiofrequency Radiation: Body Mass Versus Total Body Surface Area.
Author Gordon, C. J. ;
CORP Author Health Effects Research Lab., Research Triangle Park, NC.
Year Published 1987
Report Number EPA/600/J-87/220;
Stock Number PB88-171129
Additional Subjects Irradiation ; Exposure ; Guidelines ; Thermoregulation ; Electromagnetic radiation ; Radiation tolerance ; Heat flux ; Area ; Reprints ; Radiofrequency radiation hazards
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB88-171129 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 10p
The current guideline for exposure to radiofrequency radiation (RFR) of 0.4 W/kg may have inadvertently been set to high. The guideline is based on the rate of RFR absorption normalized with respect to body mass. Based primarily on data for work stoppage in the rat, the 0.4 W/kg guideline was calculated by the dividing the 4.0 W/kg dose by a safety factor of 10. However, if the RFR dose in the rat had been normalized with respect to surface area rather than body mass, the exposure guideline would be 2.3 W/sq m which translates, for a 80 kg adult, to an SAR of approximately 0.06 W/kg. Thus, the current RF exposure guideline may be several fold greater than originally intended.