Wireless networking - Health and Safety Statement

Planning and Information operate both 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless (WiFi) networks throughout the university and this statement is to address any concerns people may have with regard to the Health & Safety aspects associated with these.

The Cisco equipment used is regulated by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) whose regulations are based on guidelines from the World Health Organisation (WHO) International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).

Legislation in the UK is governed by Health and Safety at Work Etc. Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. Advice on the usage of wireless networking in the UK is provided by the Health Protection Agency. The HPA states that RF emissions "are well within internationally accepted (ICNIRP) guidelines" and that there is "no reason why schools and others should not use WiFi equipment."

The output power of our wireless access points is approximately 100mW. This power output is considered to be very low compared with other sources of RF signals (e.g. mobile phone masts). The effect of exposure to RF signals is more complicated within the first few centimetres of transmitters. Wireless access points at JMU are typically mounted at ceiling level and as such are much less likely to cause an issue that wireless enabled devices such as laptops/PDAs.


JANET factsheet
Health Protection Agency
Cisco technical documentation

Page last modified 19 September 2011.

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