Survey of ELF magnetic field levels in households near overhead power lines in Serbia

Radiat Prot Dosimetry. 2011 Jun;145(4):385-8. doi: 10.1093/rpd/ncq439. Epub 2011 Jan 26.


During the last eight years, 'VINČA' Institute--Radiation and Environmental Protection Laboratory has performed environmental 'spot' broadband measurements of extremely low frequency (ELF-50 Hz) electric and magnetic fields and RF (100 kHz-3 GHz) electromagnetic fields in over 35 municipalities in Serbia. These investigations were motivated by the local population requesting information about levels of general public exposure to time-varying electric and magnetic fields in living spaces. This paper presents a summary of values measured in households under overhead power lines. These measurements will be useful in determining the exposure levels of the general public, which in turn determines whether the exposure levels are within reference levels recommended by International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) Guidelines. It has turned out that measured values are far below the recommended safe levels.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Background Radiation*
  • Cities
  • Electric Power Supplies
  • Electricity
  • Electromagnetic Fields*
  • Environmental Exposure / analysis*
  • Environmental Monitoring / methods*
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Housing*
  • Magnetics
  • Residence Characteristics
  • Serbia