Mobile towers safe according to science


Speculation regarding health issues and mobile telecommunications base stations is ignoring a huge body of local and international health research which has found no proven link between base stations and adverse health impacts, says the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA).

AMTA CEO Chris Althaus said reported comments by the Electrical Trades Union in Victoria suggesting that its members not enter buildings near mobile base stations were unjustified on health grounds, unwarranted and not backed by the extensive health research on this issue.

“On the basis of the most recent proven scientific evidence sourced from internationally renowned bodies such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) there is no adverse health risks linked to using mobile phones or living or working near mobile phone base stations,” he said.

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 in 2005.

The researchers found that on average the exposure level was many thousands of times less than the Australian safety limit in locations where the levels where expected to be at their highest.

The researchers concluded: It is clear from this survey that 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 ARPANSA studies have also noted that AM radio was by far the most significant contributor of radio frequency emissions, representing around 91% of emissions, whereas mobile phone base stations contributed only 1.4%.

Mr Althaus said it was important to note that the Australian safety standard also had a fifty-fold safety margin built in. “The safety of the community is of fundamental importance to the mobile telecommunications industry,’ he said.

“There is no credible scientific evidence of health effects from living or working near a mobile phone base station. However, the industry takes the concerns of the community seriously and will continue to provide advice based on the latest scientific evidence.”


For more information contact Randal Markey, AMTA, 0421 240 550