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RF EME Site Safety Guide and Site Compliance

For modelling RF fields, Corearth firstly source engineering drawings, antenna specifications and site photos to verify site layout. This information is collated to develop an RF model of an installation using ProX5 EME - Corearth's proprietary RF exposure modelling software - to predict worst case RF EME general public and occupational worker exposure limits. These results are visualised in the EME Site Safety Guide (formerly RCSMB).

To meet licensee requirements and demonstrate compliance with the ACMA licence condition determination, Corearth can conduct a site-specific RF-EME assessment in accordance with Mobile Carrier Forum (MCF) compliance strategy requirements to:


  • produce a NATA endorsed Site Compliance Report (SCR) and EME Site Safety Guide to visualise occupational worker and general public RF-EME exposure limits.
  • issue a NATA endorsed Site Compliance Certificate (SCC) as evidence that a site complies with ACMA regulatory requirements.
  • draw Preliminary RF Hazard Drawings to illustrate RF EME exposure limits for proposed new works.
  • prepare an ARPANSA EMR Environmental Report for all new telecommunication base stations or for upgrades to existing sites.

Corearth is an approved MCF facility using MCF approved predictive modelling software.

For further information on RF EME site modelling and compliance services, refer to our Contact Us page.

 

Corearth ISO/IEC AS/NZS 17020 NATA Accreditation

Accreditation is formal third-party recognition of the competence of an organisation to perform the activities for which it is accredited. Corearth is accredited by NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities) for EME modelling, prediction and compliance activities of radio communication sites in accordance with the requirements of AS/NZS 17020 Conformity assessment—Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection.

This is an endorsement of the technical competency of our staff, our control of procedural and management processes and our status as an independent body having no affiliation with any part of the design, manufacture, ownership, use or maintenance of that being assessed.

To ensure the highest level of confidence that your assessment complies with the ACMA's EME exposure limits, the ACMA recommends using an organisation accredited by NATA.

Confirm Corearth accreditation with NATA.

 

Regulatory Arrangements and Compliance Framework

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) sets public health limits governing human exposure to RF EME. These exposure limits are set out in the ARPANSA Standard RPS3 - Radiation Protection Standard - Maximum exposure levels to radiofrequency fields - 3 kHz to 300 GHz. This Standard has been adopted by the ACMA as the definition of EME exposure limits for communication equipment.

The regulatory requirement that defines licensee obligations for compliance with the requirements of the Standard is achieved by means of a Licence Condition attached to each radiocommunications licence. The Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Apparatus Licence) Determination 2015 mandates licensees to ensure that the operation of their equipment does not exceed the general public exposure limits as documented in the ARPANSA Standard at any location that is accessible to the general public.

Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Apparatus Licence) Determination 2015 

Part 3 Subsection 8(1) — “The RF field produced by a transmitter operated under the licence must not exceed the reference levels for general public exposure at a place accessible to a member of the general public.”

Evidence to show compliance with the licence condition determination is obtained by either measuring RF fields or by modelling RF fields derived from mathematical calculations.