Australian mobile phone industry welcomes RMIT test results on base stations

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) welcomes the RMIT test results that show EME levels inside the Bourke Street building are many thousands of times below Australia’s safety standard.

AMTA CEO Chris Althaus said the test results, which were well below national safety standards, provided more evidence that the levels of radio frequency fields from mobile base stations were extremely low.

“People working and living near mobile phone base stations can be very confident they operate well within Australian safety standards,” he said.

Mr Althaus said the World Health Organisation (WHO) and numerous expert health authorities had found no substantiated scientific evidence of health effects from living and working near a mobile phone base station.

“There is no medical, statistical or biological basis to assert a link between brain cancer and mobile phone base stations,” he said.

The WHO’s most recent advice says:. None of the recent reviews have concluded that exposure to the RF (radio frequency) fields from mobile phones and their base stations cause any adverse health consequences.

Mr Althaus said the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) recently confirmed the safety of base stations in research conducted on 60 towers across Australia. The ARPANSA researchers found that on average the exposure level was tens of thousands of times below the Australian safety limit in locations where the levels were expected to be at their highest. The researchers concluded: It is clear from this survey that the RF EME exposure levels from mobile telecommunications base stations are well within the mandated exposure limits of the ARPANSA standard for the general public in Australia.

The RMIT test results are consistent with the ARPANSA research. The independent test results found that the emissions from mobile phone base stations on the upper floors of RMIT’s building were more than 117,000 times below ( or 0.00085% of) the Australian safety standard.

Mr Althaus said the Australian safety standard also had a built-in fifty-fold safety margin. He said the mobile phone industry had strict and comprehensive safe work practices for people who worked on base station maintenance.

Mr Althaus said the Electrical Trades Union should accept the ARPANSA standard, the RMIT test results and the advice and findings of independent scientific experts and drop its bans on its members working near mobile phone base stations.

 

For more information contact Randal Markey, AMTA, (02) 6239 6555 or 0421 240550