Australia – Policy Recommendations On Cell Phones, Wireless Radiation & Health

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The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency 2015 Fact Sheet: “How to Reduce exposure from mobile phones and other wireless devices.”

  • Reduce the risk from WiFi devices by “keeping them at a distance, for example placing the wireless router away from where people spend time”, and “reducing the amount of time you use them”.
  • ARPANSA recommends that parents encourage their children to limit their exposure  stating that “It is recommended that, due to the lack of sufficient data relating to children and their long term use of mobile phones, parents encourage their children to limit their exposure by reducing call time, by making calls where reception is good, by using hands-free devices or speaker options, or by texting.”

Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment – 2015 “Guide to Safe Technology”

  • It’s not only physical hazards you need to consider when thinking about health and safety issues at work or home — you should also think about how you use technology. When using a computer, you need to think about: ergonomics and posture, radiation, vision impacts and harmful lack of exercise (DVT).
  • “Wireless devices — smart/mobile phones, tablets, slates, monitors etc — all emit low levels of electromagnetic radiation and should be used correctly. When using electronic devices, the department recommends you follow WiFi/3G/4G best practice:
  • Follow the manufacturer’s usage guideline  operate from a table or bench — not on your lap
  • Use ‘hands-free’ devices to keep smart/mobile phones away from your head and body during phone calls  limit the number and length of calls
  • Position the device antenna away from your body
  • Do not sit within 0.5 m of a wireless router use smart/mobile phone in areas of good reception to reduce exposure.”

Mobile Phones and Health Factsheet Recommends Parents Reduce Exposure to Children

“It is recommended that, due to the lack of sufficient data relating to children and their long term use of mobile phones, parents encourage their children to limit their exposure by reducing call me, by making calls where reception is good, by using hands-free devices or speaker options, or by texting.”  Mobile Phones and Health Webpage , Mobile Phones and Health Factsheet

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency has issued several Factsheet on Wireless over the years and made substantial changes to these factsheets- downgrading the concern.

They have an online radiation survey page that summarizes studies and they provide commentary.

Feb 2013 How To Reduce Wireless Exposure Factsheet 14 August  2013 How To Reduce Wireless Exposure Factsheet 14

“How to Reduce exposure from mobile phones and other wireless devices.”

  • Reduce the risk from WiFi devices by “keeping them at a distance, for example placing the wireless router away from where people spend time”, and “reducing the amount of time you use them”.
  • ARPANSA recommends that parents encourage their children to limit their exposure  stating that “It is recommended that, due to the lack of sufficient data relating to children and their long term use of mobile phones, parents encourage their children to limit their exposure.”
  • by reducing call time, by making calls where reception is good, by using hands-free devices or speaker options, or by texting.”

Current March 2015 How To Reduce Exposure Factsheet * Cautionary advice further minimized. Recommendations to parents minimized

“There is no established scientific evidence that the use of mobile phones causes any health effects. However the possibility of a small risk cannot be ruled out. There are things one can do to substantially reduce exposure.  

Overall, the evidence suggests that the radiofrequency (RF) electromagnetic energy (EME) emissions of mobile phone handsets are not harmful to the user. However, it’s impossible to be completely sure there isn’t some risk. This is particularly true for children where there is little research evidence. One way to exercise caution is to reduce unnecessary exposure from your handset and to encourage your children to do this. This can be done easily. Remember, it doesn’t have to be for every phone call and in an emergency there are better things to worry about.”

ARPANSA still recommends that parents encourage their children to limit their exposure  stating that “It is recommended that, due to the lack of sufficient data relating to children and their long term use of mobile phones, parents encourage their children to limit their exposure.” March 2015 Factsheet  

Past Factsheets

2008 Mobile Phones and Children FactSheet 11

 

 ARPANSA Website Mobile Phones and Health

Other Factsheets

How to Reduce Exposure from Mobile Phones and Other Wireless Devices March 2015

Electromagnetic HypersensitivityThe scientific evidence does not establish that EHS symptoms are caused by exposure to low-level electromagnetic fields.”

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