WiFi - health and safety concerns?

The following information is from the Health Protection Agency (HPA)

WiFi is short for Wireless Fidelity and is a particular type of wireless local area network (WLAN) - i.e.you don't need to plug your computer into a phone network via a cable.

There is no consistent evidence to date that WiFi and WLANs adversely affect the health of the general population. The signals are very low power, typically 0.1 watt (100 milliwatts) in both the computer and the router (access point) and the results so far show exposures are well within internationally accepted (ICNIRP) guidelines. Based on current knowledge and experience, radio frequency (RF) exposures from WiFi are likely to be lower than those from mobile phones. Also, the frequencies used in WiFi are broadly the same as those from traditional RF applications. On the basis of the studies so far carried out in house, the Agency sees no reason why WiFi should not continue to be used in schools. However with any new technology it is a sensible precautionary approach, as happened with mobile phones, to keep the situation under ongoing review, and further studies are due to be carried out.

For more information visit the Health Protection Agency (HPA) website


Last modified: Wednesday, 12 December 2012, 1:02 PM