Powerlines

Advice on whether powerlines are associated with health effects

Powerlines and other electricity supply infrastructure such as transformers and substations as well as other electrical sources such as electrical wiring and common appliances (electric blankets, televisions, hair dryers, computers, etc) all produce extremely low frequency (ELF) electric and magnetic fields (EMF).

The scientific evidence does not firmly establish that exposure to the electric and magnetic fields found around the home, the office or near powerlines causes health effects.

Frequently asked questions

Fact sheets

The following fact sheets provide information on issues relating to powerlines and health:

Links to key reports and assessments