Update on Current Knowledge of RF Safety

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A National Register of RF Workers event supported by the Cambridge Wireless Radio Technology SIG which will review the current knowledge of RF Safety.

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About the event

This year’s National Register of RF Workers Annual Meeting is being held in collaboration with Cambridge Wireless Radio Technology SIG and will be hosted at the University of Birmingham on the 20th June.

The meeting will be focussing on the implications of RF Safety both for the workforce and the general public. We have a range of guest speakers from the RF industry who will describe the recognition and the management of RF hazards in the workplace and the training and contingency methods they use. We will address the perceptions of risk amongst employees and the general public and have industry experts speaking on the implementation of the CEMFAW regulations, the measurement of RF fields and the challenges presented by 5G.  

Who is it for? The meeting will be of interest to senior management, designers and users of RF equipment, health, safety and environment professionals in companies where staff exposure to RF can exceed public guidelines. It will be particularly useful for all those who seek further clarity and guidance on the impact of working with RF.

What will I get out of this? Those attending will gain a better understanding of the potential and perceived risk of RF, the practical issues of measuring RF in the workplace - how it might be managed and mitigated, and the implications of 5G. There will be the chance to network with colleagues from across the industry and the opportunity for those attending to discuss specific points with our presenters.  

Please note this event will operate under the Chatham House Rule (See https://www.chathamhouse.org/chatham-house-rule)

There is a small registration fee of £20 plus VAT to attend. Please note there is limited capacity at this event so early registration is advised.

    Organised by National Register of RF Workers

    The National Register of RF Workers who work in the telecommunication, broadcast and allied industries.

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    Supported by CW (Cambridge Wireless)

    The leading community for companies in wireless, internet, semiconductor and software technologies.

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    Agenda

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    10:30

    Registration and networking with refreshments

    11:00

    Welcome from Maria Kelly, Leonardo and Chair of the RF Register

    11:05

    An introduction to CW from Simon Mead, CEO of CW

    11:10

    An introduction to the session from Brian Collins, BSC Associates & CW Radio Technology Group

    11:20

    Julian Kelsall-Joel, Electromagnetic Fields and Laser safety adviser, QinetiQ

    'Raising the profile of Electromagnetic Fields Safety and providing suitable training'

    Sources of Electromagnetic Fields are ubiquitous both in our personal lives and at work. The Control of EMF at Work Regulations 2016 has provided a legislative requirement to protect workers and to train them. How do we decide on an appropriate level of training if we don’t want to train every employee? How do we protect the health and safety of ‘People at particular risk’ from the effects of EMF? This talk will answer these questions by detailing the approach taken within QinetiQ.

    11:50

    Richard Hargrave, BT

    ‘New challenges of managing ICNIRP compliance with 5G and possible solutions’

    5G not only means that mobile operators will be adding additional carriers (more RF power) to sites, but also will introduce beamforming technology, which will dynamically direct power towards users, rather than providing a static distribution of power. The combination of these factors means that maintaining ICNIRP compliance using traditional calculation methods is becoming increasingly challenging. We will look at how this is being tackled and what new methods are being developed to continue to ensure safety while maintaining a cost efficient deployment model.

    12:20

    Colin Swift, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

    ‘RF in the Medical Sector’

    In his talk he will cover the uses of the higher power sources of RF electromagnetic radiation within the medical sector , what can go wrong and what controls are in place to prevent problems.

    12:50

    Networking lunch

    13:40

    Peter Wingate-Saul, retired, formerly Arqiva

    ‘Public perception in the RF safety debate’

    Peter Wingate-Saul, retired, formerly Arqiva
    Peter examines why the public worry more about the safety of mobile phone masts than they do about mobile phones, or large public broadcasting transmitters, or the myriad of other sources of natural and man-made EMFs in their environment.
    ● What can our industry do to reassure the public and mitigate their anxiety?
    ● Why is this important?

    14:10

    Hugo Bibby, Link MicroTek

    ‘Implementation of CEMFAW Regulations’.

    The CEMFAW Regulations came into force in July 2016. Now three years on most employers are aware of their obligations and perform appropriate EMF assessments. Unfortunately manufacturers whose equipment generate EMF often don’t provide sufficient information, making assessments more difficult, particularly with regard to workers at particular risk. The biggest impact of the CEMFAW Regulations on most employers is how to cater for these workers considered to be at particular risk.

    14:40

    Moray Rumney, Rumney Telecom

    ‘Is 5G safe? Modelling exposure in a spatially dynamic world’

    The advent of 5G has renewed public interest in the safety of cellular communications. So how should we evaluate 5G in terms of safety? Is it a threat or could 5G technology actually lead to reduced exposure were it used to replace what we use today? This talk will investigate what is changing with 5G towards an understanding of how widescale 5G deployment will change RF exposure to the general public, as well as an assessment of the corresponding need to develop more sophisticated exposure verification procedures than are in place today. In addition, there will be a review of the ongoing debate and scientific evidence surrounding the veracity of existing safety limits which are based on purely thermal effects.

    15:10

    Panel Session with all speakers, Chaired by Maria Kelly, Leonardo and Chair of the RF Register

    15:55

    Concluding remarks

    16:00

    Further networking over refreshments. Event closes at 16.30

    Speakers

    Hugo Bibby - Technical Director , Link MicroTek

    Hugo is the Technical Director for Link Microtek’s test & measurement equipment. He has been involved with EMF safety measurements for over 30 years. Initially involved with the design and manufacture of high power travelling wave tubes for radar systems he has more recently been involved with test and measurement instrumentation. During the past 25 years he has been working specifically with Narda Safety Test Solutions EMF safety measurement and monitoring equipment gaining practical experience of many EMF safety issues spanning defence, telecommunications, broadcast, and industrial systems.

    Richard Hargrave - ,, British Telecommunications

    Julian Kelsall-Joel - Electromagnetic Fields and Laser safety adviser, QinetiQ

    Julian Kelsall-Joel is the Electromagnetic Fields and Laser safety adviser at QinetiQ. In this role he is responsible for setting the company policy for EMF and has provided advice and support for various test and evaluation trials that have taken place across the test ranges and facilities owned (or managed) by QinetiQ. Before becoming the EMF and Laser safety adviser Julian assessed and tested military aircraft for Electromagnetic Susceptibility. He is a chartered engineer and an industrial representative for the IET.

    Moray Rumney

    Moray Rumney received a BSc in EE from Heriot-Watt University in 1984. He joined Hewlett-Packard that year and remained with the company through the transition to Agilent Technologies in 1999 and Keysight Technologies in 2015. Moray joined ETSI in 1991 and 3GPP in 1999 where he participated in the development of cellular communications standards and conformance test methods. His recent work has focused on radiated test methods for mobile phones. He was editor and major contributor to Agilent’s book “LTE and the Evolution to 4G Wireless”. Since 2018 Moray has been an independent consultant but still represents Keysight at 3GPP RAN plenary who oversee the development of the 5G radio standards.

    Colin Swift

    Colin received his PhD in laser physics from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1996. Following that he embarked on a career in telecommunications and optoelectronic sensing before undertaking a position at Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry where he worked as a Radiotherapy Physicist whilst maintaining an interest in non-ionising radiation safety. Since 2013 he has worked in the field of radiation protection at Christie Hospitals NHS trust covering the safety issues surrounding the use of non-ionising radiation. He is the co-editor of the forthcoming IPEM guide on ‘Practical Management of Artificial Optical Radiation in the Medical Sector’, additionally having contributed a number of worked examples to the guide, and to the text itself, and is currently a member of the British Standards committee EPL/76 developing standards in the field of optical radiation and laser safety. His current research interests include safety aspects of non-ionising radiation in the medical and consumer sectors and the use of optical sensors and sensing in the medical sector.

    Peter Wingate-Saul

    Peter is a chartered surveyor with twenty eight years’ experience in deploying wireless infrastructure in the UK. He joined Orange (then called Microtel) in 1991 and was its National Town and Country Planning Manager during a period when Orange went from a startup to best UK mobile network in four years. Whilst at Orange he engaged with hundreds of local authorities across the UK, explaining the advantages and technical constraints of mobile network development. He moved on to become Business Development Manager at Terracom, a telecoms site acquisition agency that worked simultaneously for all five of the UK’s mobile network operator. Terracom grew from two to over seventy people in five years and was then acquired by Crown Castle which eventually amalgamated into Arqiva. Peter spent the last nineteen years at Arqiva, where he was responsible for developing and delivering Arqiva’s processes for public engagement in the deployment of mobile and public broadcast infrastructure. He was involved in the development and implementation of the codes of best practice for mobile network development and has engaged extensively with the public and their elected representatives at all levels across the whole of the UK. Arqiva has upward of 8,000 operational transmitter sites and it implements thousands of radio infrastructure projects on new and existing sites every year. Peter retired from Arqiva in January.

    SIG Champions

    Mark Beach - Professor of Radio Systems Engineering , University of Bristol (Communication Systems & Networks Research Group)

    Mark Beach received his PhD for research addressing the application of Smart Antenna techniques to GPS from the University of Bristol in 1989, where he subsequently joined as a member of academic staff. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1996, Reader in 1998 and Professor in 2003. He was Head of the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering from 2006 to 2010, and then spearheaded Bristol's hosting of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Communications. He currently manages the delivery of the CDT in Communications, leads research in the field of enabling technologies for the delivery of 5G and beyond wireless connectivity, as well as his role as the School Research Impact Director. Mark's current research activities are delivered through the Communication Systems and Networks Group, forming a key component within Bristol's Smart Internet Lab. He has over 25 years of physical layer wireless research embracing the application of Spread Spectrum technology for cellular systems, adaptive or smart antenna for capacity and range extension in wireless networks, MIMO aided connectivity for through-put enhancement, Millimetre Wave technologies as well as flexible RF technologies for SDR modems underpins his current research portfolio.

    Brian Collins - Director, BSC Associates

    Brian has designed antennas for applications including radio and TV broadcasting, base stations, handsets and consumer products, and has operated his own consultancy firm for the last 12 years. He has published more than 70 papers on antenna topics and contributed chapters to several recent textbooks. He operates a small consultancy company, chairs the Antenna Interface Standards Group and is an Honorary Visiting Professor in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London.

    Diego Giancola - Principal Consultant, PA Consulting Group

    Diego has spent his career in radio systems R&D and modem design in the wireless communication sector, from 2G to the latest 4G evolutions. His research interests lie in multi-antenna systems and novel signal processing and architectures for radio signals. He currently co-runs PA's signal processing team and leads the research activities in LTE evolution and 5G landscaping. Diego has a first degree in telecommunication engineering and a doctorate in electronics and communication engineering from Politecnico di Milano.

    Vidhya Sridhar - Consultant, TTP Group

    Vidhya Sridhar is a consultant at The Technology Partnership (TTP) Plc. She has a background in digital signal processing and physical layer design and development. In her PhD at Imperial College London, she carried out research on array signal processing techniques with applications in 5G and defence. Prior to her PhD, she spent three years working on physical layer design and development in LTE and WiMAX at Broadcom (India) and Alcatel Lucent (India) respectively.

    Peter Topham - Prinicipal Engineer, Qualcomm Technologies International

    Peter has more than 30 years experience of RF and high-speed circuit design, taking chips into production ranging from FM Band II through cellular, Bluetooth and on to UWB at 10GHz. He has been with Qualcomm for 7 years, specialising in low-power RF design for portable and wearable products.

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    Centre for Professional Development, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, B15 2TT

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