Health and Safety Information
When deploying any technology, including radio-based devices, the health and safety of staff, students and the general public must be of paramount importance.
In the UK, control of exposure to non-ionising radiation in the workplace (as emitted by wireless networking equipment) is governed through the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work Etc. Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
Other standards and guidelines of relevance include:
- Understanding WiFi,Wireless LANs, and Advice On Limiting Exposure To Electromagnetic Fields published by the National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB - now part of the UK Health Protection Agency)
- International standards for optical radiation published by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH)
- Guidelines of the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP)
In general, according to NRPB and the Wi-Fi Alliance, wireless LAN (WLAN) networks do not appear to provide a cause for concern regarding health when complying with the above guidelines.
A JANET Factsheet on wireless Health and Safety issues is available - much of the information above is extracted from that factsheet. It also contains a number of "best practice" guidelines and useful references.
All of the wireless equipment which has been deployed by Information Services conforms with the current ICNIRP guidelines, and is CE approved. This CE approval is a declaration by the manufacturer that the product satisfies all relevant EU legislation. We adhere to the "best practice" guidelines when carrying out installation work.
If you have any queries or concerns, you should discuss these with the departmental safety convenor, with Information Services, and/or with the Safety Office.