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Int J Occup Saf Ergon. 2015;21(3):351-8. doi: 10.1080/10803548.2015.1081774.

Exposure of farm workers to electromagnetic radiation from cellular network radio base stations situated on rural agricultural land.

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a University of Bari 'Aldo Moro' , Italy.


The electromagnetic field (EMF) levels generated by mobile telephone radio base stations (RBS) situated on rural-agricultural lands were assessed in order to evaluate the exposure of farm workers in the surrounding area. The expected EMF at various distances from a mobile telephone RBS was calculated using an ad hoc numerical forecast model. Subsequently, the electric fields around some RBS on agricultural lands were measured, in order to obtain a good approximation of the effective conditions at the investigated sites. The viability of this study was tested according to the Italian Regulations concerning general and occupational public exposure to time-varying EMFs. The calculated E-field values were obtained with the RBS working constantly at full power, but during the in situ measurements the actual power emitted by RBS antennas was lower than the maximum level, and the E-field values actually registered were much lower than the calculated values.


cellular network; electromagnetic field; workers’ exposure

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