Answer to Question #8628 Submitted to "Ask the Experts"
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I want to know if what we're thinking of buying will have any harmful effects, as we use the Internet every day as it is. Thank you very much for your reply.
First, let me assure you that there is no credible scientific data suggesting that these wireless electronic products or other types of radiofrequency (RF) radiation are harmful, either to adults or children.
Wi-fi emitters belong to a class of RF radiation that also includes television, radio, microwaves, and broadband. These are all regulated by the government. Studies have shown that environmental levels of RF energy routinely encountered by the general public are typically far below levels necessary to produce significant heating and increased body temperature. These emissions are extremely low.
However, there may be situations, particularly workplace environments near high-powered RF sources, where recommended limits for safe exposure of human beings to RF energy could be exceeded. In such cases, restrictive measures or actions may be necessary to ensure the safe use of RF energy. The workplace is regulated by the Department of Labor, radio transmitters and their emissions are regulated by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), and emissions may also be regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The military also regulates such environments and conducts its own safety surveys.
You are correct about the satellite dishes—they are simple antennas, they receive radiation, they do not emit any.
The emissions from many of these electronic products are extremely low and are not considered a biological risk. Do not worry! There is no credible, scientific data since 2003 to suggest otherwise. I use these electronic products all the time, I consider them safe.
Following are several URLs from several organizations, some of which provide additional links. As you can, see there is quite a lot of information on this subject.
The FCC Web site answers frequently asked questions.
The FDA Web site covers a broad range of such electromagnetic products.
The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration Web site provides some excellent information.
The American Cancer Society also considers such radiation safe.
The EPA has an excellent and informative site.And finally, I will refer you to our own Health Physics Society site. Simply search on "wireless" for additional answers to related questions.
I hope this is useful information.
Orhan H. Suleiman, MS, PhD