STAC is pleased to announce two major new developments out of its RF Awareness Committee and its related project teams, including the release of a new RF resource document and the addition of a third monitor for sale to the Canadian market.
STAC Personal RF Monitor Best Practices
The STAC Personal RF Monitor Best Practices document, released today, provides detailed information about the proper use of personal RF monitors.
Designed to supplement RF Awareness training provided by qualified trainers, this document covers issues relating to the benefits and practical uses of personal RF monitors, monitor features, selecting and using a personal monitor, job-site awareness and more.
Notably, volunteers with the STAC RF Awareness Committee are currently developing a companion document that will provide information on working around RF more generally, including additional protective measures, identifying RF hot zones, and responding to RF hot zones, among other topics.
Finally, STAC would like to thank all of the volunteers who helped develop the STAC Personal RF Monitor Best Practices document and particularly Neill Harlen, from Interfax Systems, who served as the project lead and primary author for this project. Other project volunteers include: Sam Fadlallah (STAC RF Awareness Committee Lead – Rogers), Dan Renaud (Telecon), Dave Ramdeane (Bell), Deanna Spring (WSP), Gregory Gasbarre (Titan AEX), Keith Ranney (Bell) and Mathew Koziell (Stantec).
MVG EME Guard-XS-SC6
STAC is also pleased to announce the addition of the MVG EME Guard XS-SC6 to the STAC list of personal RF monitors that are calibrated to Canadian limits.
STAC began compiling this list in early 2016 when new Safety Code 6 RF exposure limits introduced by Health Canada in 2015 first came into effect. At that time, site owners and contractors were concerned that crews may be working on Canadian towers using outdated equipment that no longer reflected Canadian exposure limits.
In order to be included on this list, the manufacturer or Canadian distributor of a personal RF monitor must provide written confirmation that they are taking the necessary steps to ensure that monitors they sell to the Canadian market will be properly calibrated to the current Safety Code 6 exposure limits. They must also commit to providing a statement inside the manual of each individual unit sold in Canada that the device is specifically calibrated to these limits.
The updated and complete list of monitors that have provided these assurances to STAC is as follows: