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The ARPANSA Wi-Fi in Schools Measurement Study
12 January 2017
The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) has measured radiofrequency (RF) exposure from Wi-Fi and other sources across 23 schools in Victoria and New South Wales, Australia.
The measurements were conducted in two locations in the schools (a classroom or library inside and the school playground) during school times.
The study, which has been published in Radiation Protection Dosimetry showed that the typical RF exposure of children from Wi-Fi in schools is extremely low and this study should provide reassurance to the public according to lead author Assistant Director, Dr Ken Karipidis.
The typical Wi-Fi exposure levels in locations occupied by children were found to be much lower than the limits of the Australian Standard, for example the typical exposure from Wi-Fi inside the classroom was 0.0002% of the Standard (out of 100% allowable).
“This study, alongside similar international ones, show that the levels of exposure to RF EME from Wi-Fi are very low and are not expected to adversely affect the health of children or the general population,” said Assistant Director, Dr Ken Karipidis.
Wi-Fi enables electronic devices to be connected to a computer network wirelessly using radio waves, or radiofrequency (RF) electromagnetic energy (EME). There is some public concern about potential health effects associated with RF EME emissions from Wi-Fi.
“We continue to receive enquiries as to whether Wi-Fi should be allowed in schools or public places and we continue to review and conduct our own research which reaches the same conclusion, there is no established scientific evidence of Wi-Fi causing harm”.
It is the assessment of ARPANSA and other national and international health authorities, including the World Health Organization (WHO), that there is no established scientific evidence of adverse health effects below current exposure limits.
More about RF EME can be found on the ARPANSA fact sheet 'Wi-Fi and Health'.
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