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Telecommunications infrastructure and radio waves

Increased use of mobile and wireless technologies that use radio waves has led to more telecommunications infrastructure being installed on and in government buildings.

These radio waves emit energy known as radiofrequency (RF) electromagnetic energy (EME).

Research by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency​ and World Health Organisation has found no proven adverse human health effects at low levels.

However, to help manage any potential risks associated with RF EME, we have created guidelines to help building managers, owners, lease managers and facility maintenance staff make decisions about safe and healthy building strategies.

These guidelines:

  • outline recommended best practice management and safe work procedures for installing and maintaining telecommunications carrier infrastructure on and in government-managed and owned office buildings
  • ensure a safe, consistent, informed and effective approach to managing radio frequency electromagnetic energy fields
  • recommend best practice procedures for installing and maintaining telecommunications infrastructure in light of workplace health and safety obligations to staff, occupants, workers and the public
  • explain the regulatory environment and industry best practice principles for facility managers to consider regarding existing infrastructure and expected future placement or upgrade of telecommunications infrastructure.

View the guidelines:

If you have queries, email the Director, Property Management Group, Building Policy and Asset Management​​​​

Last updated 03 April 2019    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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