Practical advice on reducing exposure from mobile phones

AMTA has produced some practical new consumer advice for mobile telecommunications users who, despite the weight of scientific evidence finding no substantiated link between mobile phone use and health impacts, may still have some concerns.

As advocated by the World Health Organisation, ‘present scientific information does not indicate the need for any special precautions for use of mobile phones. If individuals are concerned, they might choose to limit their own or their children's RF [radiofrequency] exposure’.

Below we have listed some practical steps people can take to reduce exposure if they are concerned:

  • Use a hands free kit or loudspeaker so the mobile is away from the head and body 

  • Use text messages when practical

  • Limit the length or number of calls

Mobile phone systems (mobiles and base stations) are designed to automatically reduce the power to the lowest possible level to maintain a good quality connection. In practice this means the mobile system automatically reduces the emission levels and lowers exposure.

Mobile phones handsets and base stations are designed, built and tested to comply with strict science-based standards, which are recognised by national and international health agencies, including the World Health Organisation. The standards have substantial in-built safety margins.

Additional Information

World Health Organisation (WHO)

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA)