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EME Series Fact Sheets
The information in the electromagnetic energy (EME) series fact sheets has been prepared to help explain the current thinking on mobile phone communications and health, and is based on substantiated scientific research.
The EME series fact sheets were prepared by the Committee on Electromagnetic Energy Public Health Issues which included representatives from the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE), ARPANSA, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). ARPANSA updates these fact sheets as new scientific research is published.
No.1 extract - "The weight of national and international scientific opinion is that there is no substantiated evidence that exposure to low level RF EME causes adverse health effects.... "
No.2 extract - "The increased use of mobile phones in Australia has generated public concern about possible health issues associated with electromagnetic emissions from handsets and base stations. " - "What is the Government doing?"
No.3 extract - "ARPANSA in its role as a WHO Collaborating Centre aims to reinforce the work of WHO in investigating the health effects of EMF"
No.4 extract - "The ARPANSA Standard contains mandatory limits of human exposure to radiofrequency (RF) fields in the frequency range 3 kHz to 300 GHz. These must be applied in association with specified risk management practices...."
No.5 extract - " Mobile phones are low powered devices that transmit and receive radiofrequency (RF) electromagnetic energy (EME) signals from mobile phone base stations..."
No.6 extract - "When a call is made in Australia from a mobile phone, the network allocates the call to an available RF channel (or carrier frequency) within ..."
No.7 extract - "Research has shown that driving a vehicle while using a hand-held mobile phone can increase the risk of being involved in a road accident, ..."
No.8 extract - "Interference may be caused by the transmitted radio signal from the phone, when the phone is held in close proximity to the implanted device ..."
No.9 extract - "The weight of national and international scientific opinion is that there is no substantiated evidence that RF emissions associated with living near a mobile phone base station or telecommunications tower poses a health risk ..."
No.10 extract - "Broadcast towers are used for transmitting a range of services including AM and FM radio and UHF, VHF and digital television".
No.11 extract - "Community concern has been expressed with regard to mobile telephone use by children. At present, there is insufficient evidence ..."
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