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Survey Proves On-Campus Mobile Telephone Base Stations Safe

In January the Estates Office commissioned the National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) to carry out a survey assessing the University community’s exposure to radio signals from the mobile phone base stations on the roof of the Library. The survey demonstrated that the base stations pose no threat to University members and that the exposure to radio signals is well beneath recommended guidelines.

The final report has now been sent by NRPB to the University and copies can be viewed at the University Safety Office in University House.

Measurements were taken from a total of six indoor locations: two within the Library and the rest in Humanities, Engineering, the Library Extension and Chemistry buildings, as well as on the Library roof itself.

The conclusion of the 24-page report is that measured exposures are well below the guideline levels recommended by the International Commission for Non-Ionising Radiation Protection and are therefore not hazardous. The actual measurements were between 0.004% and 0.255% of the guideline levels.

The NRPB’s Advisory Group on Non-Ionising Radiation (AGNIR) has concluded that ‘the weight of evidence now available does not suggest that there are adverse health effects from exposures to radiofrequency fields below guideline levels.’

Base station antennas are typically tens of meters from the general public and exposure is very much less than from a single mobile phone held 2cm from the user’s head.

Further Information
National Radiological Protection Board - http://www.nrpb.org/