Updated Radio Frequency Exposure Rules Become Effective on May 3

This change has been on the books for a while, but the effective date is coming up soon. The ARRL has a new announcement:

The new rules do not change existing RF exposure (RFE) limits but do require that stations in all services, including amateur radio, be evaluated against existing limits, unless they are exempted. For stations already in place, that evaluation must be completed by May 3, 2023. After May 3 of this year, any new station, or any existing station modified in a way that’s likely to change its RFE profile — such as different antenna or placement or greater power — will need to conduct an evaluation by the date of activation or change.

Amateur radio licensees will have to determine whether any existing facilities previously excluded under the old rules now qualify for an exemption under the new rules. Most will, but some may not.

RF Exposure and You is available for free download from ARRL. ARRL also has an RF Safety page on its website.