U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command Electromagnetic Radiation Hazards Manual


  • 152 pages
  • Distribution Statement C
  • January 29, 2003


1. The purpose of this volume is to prescribe operating procedures and precautions to prevent injury to personnel and ignition of volatile vapors from exposure to environmental electromagnetic radiation (EMR). The sources of this EMR include communications transmitters, radars, electronic countermeasures transmitters, and lasers.

2. This manual provides data and information concerning nonionizing radio frequency (RF),
hazards to personnel, fuel, and other flammable material, as well as laser hazards to personnel.

3. This manual cancels and supersedes NAVSEA OP 3565/NAVAIR 16-1-529/ NAVELEX
0967-LP-624-6010 Fifth Revision of 15 July 1982, which should be destroyed. The Chief of
Naval Operations, and Commanders of the Naval Air Systems Command and Space and Naval
Warfare Systems Command, concur with this provision.

4. This manual provides technical guidance to assist commanding officers in carrying out their
responsibilities for EMR safety. The procedures and precautions prescribed herein apply in
every instance within the Naval establishment where a person or a flammable vapor mixture is
exposed to RF fields of potentially hazardous intensity. Operational Commanders may waive
compliance with any provision when essential under emergency conditions. When
noncompliance with restrictions contained herein is essential, emergency procedures are
suggested and background information is provided in order to explain and minimize the risks

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