MICAN has been working safely with high power radio frequency (RF) systems for decades. RF must be respected. You cannot be relaxed around RF transmitters as they can harm you, even take your life. MICAN has been teaching RF safety courses for over 30 years. Our customers have included broadcasters, utilities, internet providers, and more. MICAN can help you to prepare your safe to work safely around RF transmitters. RF is everywhere so knowledge is essential for worker safety. Our workshop style course is a three hour session that can take place at your locations. Give us a call to discuss your needs. As an interactive workshop, class size is limited to no more than 12 participants per session. MICAN can help.

Here is some MICAN information to help you to better understand the risks and issues regarding radiation protection.

RF Safety

Don’t worry about radiation from airport screeners and scanners. You’ll get far more just flying from here to there. Says Dr. Lyons: “At 35,000 feet, you are getting more radiation than at ground level because you are closer to the sun and the atmosphere is not filtering the radiation as much.”

In 1991 Industry Canada – Spectrum Management adopted Health Canada‘s Safety Code 6 guideline, Limits of Exposure to Radio-frequency Fields at Frequencies from 10 kHz – 300 GHz, as part of its licensing program.

“Radiation is all around us,” explains Dr. Edward A. Lyons, president of the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR). “One year of natural background radiation (from the sun’s rays hitting the earth) is equivalent to 110 chest X-rays.”

There is further radiation in everything from cell phones to computer terminals, television sets, and smoke detectors. Even granite countertops in kitchens give off radon gas.

Radiation around us is no big deal, however. And the latest on those airport scanners is that the radiation emitted by “backscatter” X-ray machines (one of the kinds to be used) bounces off the skin, so exposure is very low. Your luggage, passing through a more traditional X-ray machine, is absorbing more in its screening than you will be.

“One abdominal CT scan is equal to 500 chest X-rays,” says Lyons, a Manitoba radiologist who received the Order of Canada for his contribution to health care.