Advice on whether smart meters are associated with health effects
Smart meters measure electricity usage and communicate this information back to the supplier using short bursts of radio waves or low level radiofrequency (RF) electromagnetic energy (EME).
There is no established scientific evidence that the low level RF EME exposure from smart meters causes any health effects.
The following fact sheet provides information on issues relating to smart meters and health:
Links to key reports and assessments
- ARPANSA Technical Report No. 164
Review of Radiofrequency Health Effects Research – Scientific Literature 2000-2012 Report by the ARPANSA Radiofrequency Expert Panel (March 2014)
- ARPANSA Technical Report No. 163
ARPANSA Preliminary Measurements of Radiofrequency Transmissions from a Mesh Radio Smart Meter (2013)
- Public Health England (former Health Protection Agency)
Health Effects from Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields, Report of the Independent Advisory Group on Non-Ionising Radiation [PDF 3.4 mb] (April 2012)
- Department of Primary Industries
AMI Meter Electromagnetic Field Survey Final Report (October 2011)