Non ionizing radiation

Non ionizing radiation applications

EEAE has the statutory responsibility for the protection of the general public and the environment against artificially produced non-ionizing radiation and provides relevant information to any interested party. 

The non ionizing radiation systems audited by EEAE are the following:

  • mobile phone base stations, LMDS base stations and other antenna stations providing telecommunication services;
  • all types of lines and substations of the national power grid (e.g. power lines, high voltage substations), industrial and domestic electrical installations, machines & devices and other low frequency electric and magnetic field emission systems;
  • audio, radio and television antennas;
  • radar systems and satellite earth stations;
  • solarium sunbeds.
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UV radiation: solarium

Solarium cabin

EEAE recognizing the high importance of the matter, the lack of data regarding UV emissions from sunbeds and the quality of artificial tanning services in Greece, as well as the lack of relevant national legislation, completed recently the first surveillance action of the artificial tanning sector in Greece.

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Studies on radiation emissions -expert opinions

EEAE reviews the technical studies on radiation emissions of antennas, which are submitted by the antenna owners and issues its expert opinion as to their compliance with the safety exposure limits for each installation (a precondition for the licensing of antenna stations).

Studies on radiation emissions include architectural and topographic designs of each antenna station, as well as technical specifications on the operation of the antennas configurations of the station. These studies estimate the  emitted electromagnetic field levels from the base station antennas to nearby areas that are accessible by the public and compare these levels with the established limits. 

In addition, the presence of any adjacent antenna station closer than 50m from the base station under consideration, is also taken into account. The studies on radiation emissions are based on a technical template issued by EEAE, which adopts strict assumptions for calculating the intensity of the emitted electromagnetic radiation to the environment. Such adverse assumptions always lead to an overestimation of the areas around the antennas where the established reference levels values may be exceeded.

As soon a study is reviewed, EEAE sends its expert opinion to the Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission, which issues the licenses for antenna installations.

Environmental impact studies/reports

EEAE’s expert opinion is a precondition for the environmental licensing of  base stations (Environmental Impact Study, EIS), only if a base station fails to fall under the Standard Environmental Commitments, in compliance with the applicable provisions on environmental licensing.

EIS studies are sent to EEAE by the competent authorities and upon reviewing these studies, EEAE may either issue an opinion or request for corrections/supplementary info.

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