TCRA allays fears on mobile phone radiation hazards

Radiations from mobile phone handsets and towers do not pose health risks as they are way below the internationally set hazard levels, according to findings by the Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA).

TCRA say the levels of electromagnetic field (EMF) in the country were well below the international recommendations. EMF measurements carried out in Mwanza, Mbeya, North Pemba and South Pemba have further established the fact that radiation levels are below the international benchmark.

TCRA recently report shows that the level was determined, among other variables, by measured random sampling mobile phone purchased from local market and sent to United Kingdom for assessment.

“EMF measurements carried out has further confirmed the fact that radiation levels are well below the recommended ICNIRP (International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection) guideline limits.”

The results will allay public concerns on the risk perception of EMF radiation, TCRA says in the report conducted every year since 2011 under a special committee.

The committee addresses public concern over possible adverse health effect due to EMF radiated from mobile phone base stations, radio and TV stations and associated equipment.

Since its establishment, the committee has performed measurement of EMF radiation levels in different places and results have been made available to the public.

The ICNIRP low frequency range extends from 1 Hz to 100 kHz. Above 100 kHz, effects such as heating need to be considered, which are covered by other ICNIRP guidelines.

However, in the frequency range from 100 kHz up to approximately 10 MHz protection from both, low frequency effects on the nervous system as well as high frequency effects need to be considered depending on exposure conditions.
Source: Daily News, reported from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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