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Wi-fi research recognised in journal celebrations

13 May 2021

As part of its 40th anniversary celebrations, international academic journal, Radiation Protection Dosimetry, has announced that ARPANSA’s 2017 research paper ‘Exposure to Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Field from Wi-fi in Australian schools’, is one of the five most-read articles in the journal’s history.

Published in August 2017, the paper shared the findings from ARPANSA’s study on Wi-fi in Australian schools, assessing the electromagnetic energy (EME) emissions levels and comparing them to exposure limits in the 2002 Australian safety standard, which was the national safety standard at that time.  

‘Our study showed that exposure to radio waves from Wi-fi and other telecommunications sources in the everyday environment are very low and are not expected to adversely affect the health of children or the general population,’ said Adjunct Associate Professor Ken Karipidis, ARPANSA’s Assistant Director of Health Impact Assessment.

Since its launch, the journal article has been viewed more than 4000 times and the Wi-fi study summary on ARPANSA’s website received a further 4000 views. These results indicate strong public interest in the safety of Wi-fi and electromagnetic energy (EME) exposure in the community.

‘The level of interest in ARPANSA’s gold-standard research reflects the importance of our involvement in the government’s enhanced EME program,’ said Program Director, Associate Professor Sarah Loughran.

‘As part of our role in that program, ARPANSA will continue to lead, promote and coordinate EME research under our 2020-2024 Action Plan,’ said Associate Professor Sarah Loughran.

‘We look forward to sharing more of our research over the coming years.’

You can view Radiation Protection Dosimetry’s 40th Anniversary Collection here.