BBEMG - Belgian BioElectroMagnetics Group

Belgian BioElectroMagnetics Group

IEEE standards

IEEE standards

Recommendations are given to prevent harmful effects in human beings exposed to electromagnetic fields in the frequency range of 0-3 kHz. The recommendations are intended to apply to exposures of the general public, as well as to individuals in controlled environments (>>).

Basic restrictions

Internal electric fields

Part of bodyLimit for public exposures (50 Hz)

14.7 mV/m


0.943 V/m

Hands, wrists, feet, ankles

2.10 V/m


0.701 V/m

Maximum permissible exposures (MCE)

50 Hz magnetic field

Part of bodyLimit for public exposures (50 Hz)
Head and torso

904 µT

Arms and legs

75.8 mT

50 Hz electric field

 Limit for public exposures (50 Hz)
In general

5 kV/m

Under powerlines (normal load)

10 kV/m

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Latest update on 11/06/2015

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