Radio Frequency Radiation Safety

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In-house delivery

UNSW Canberra Professional Education Courses may be available for in-house delivery at your organisation's premises. In-house courses allow maximum attendance without the additional travel costs. Courses can be developed to suit the specific staff development and training needs of your organisation. Recommended for groups of 10 or more.

The aim of this course is to provide those who are designated Radio Frequency Radiation Safety Officers (RFRSO) with an understanding of the principles and practice of radio frequency radiation safety and radio frequency radiation safety measurement.  The references for the course are  ARPANSA Radiation Protection Series Publication S-1 (Rev. 1) and Australian Standard AS 2772.2:2016.


Dr Alistair Drake

Alistair has been undertaking radar-based research for over 40 years. Trained as a physicist, his research interests have been primarily biological. In an 18-y career as a UNSW academic, he taught courses in meteorology and general physics. He developed and maintains the health-effects component of the RFRSO course.

Dr David Low

David undertook his PhD with the University of Adelaide’s Atmospheric Radar group, refurbishing the Buckland Park VHF wind profiler. After two years in Japan, working with Kyoto University’s Radio Atmospheric Science Centre on the MU Radar at Shigaraki, he began what became a two-decade academic career with UNSW Canberra, lecturing Physics to the ADFA cohort. David’s contributions to the design, development and delivery of the RFRSO course come in the calculation, communications and radar sections.

Dr Greg Milford

Greg has had a 20 year career working as a Professional Engineer in various industries involved with RF electronic circuit and systems design and measurement, and a similar length career as a university Academic, engaged in research, teaching and course development. He is also a co-developer of the RFRSO course.

Dr Robert Smith

Robert has had 27 years working as a University Academic, teaching Astronomy and Physics, in particular, the Level 3 Electromagnetism component of the Physics Major. Immediately prior to joining UNSW ADFA he worked in Infrared Astronomical Instrumentation development. For the last 11 years he has been involved in RF Radiation as an Amateur Radio Operator. He developed and maintains the Introduction to RF Radiation and Introduction to the Australian RF Exposure Standard components of the RFRSO course.

Dr John Taylor

John lectured in physics at UNSW Canberra for 24 years teaching across a broad range of subject areas including atmospheric physics and meteorology, underwater acoustics and electromagnetism and optics. His research work focussed on acoustic and electromagnetic instruments for remote sensing of the atmospheric boundary layer. He has been the coordinator of the RFRSO course since its inception and contributes to the practical sections of the course.

Course Information

  • Introduction to Radio Frequency (RF) radiation
  • Introduction to the health effects of RF and RF radiation safety
  • Introduction to the Australian RF Exposure Standard
  • RF calculations and the application of the exposure standard to continuous wave and pulsed RF sources
  • RF radiation test and measurement and the computation and measurement standard
  • RF radiation survey exercises
  • Review and Assessment
  • Attendees able to demonstrate an understanding of RF radiation health effects, and RF radiation safety practices and requirements, as specified in the Australian Standard.
  • Attendees able to demonstrate competency with calculations involving RF quantities associated with RF sources, and the application of these calculations to RF surveys.
  • Attendees able to demonstrate competency with the measurement of RF radiation quantities.
  • Attendees able to demonstrate competency with the application of measured RF quantities to establish hazard distances and the associated uncertainty bounds.

Courses will be held subject to sufficient registrations. UNSW Canberra reserves the right to cancel a course up to five working days prior to commencement of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will have the opportunity to transfer your registration or be issued a full refund. If registrant cancels within 10 days of course commencement, a 50% registration fee will apply. UNSW Canberra is a registered ACT provider under ESOS Act 2000-CRICOS provider Code 00098G.