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Our EME compliance strategy

We take EME exposure seriously. We check transmitters and customer equipment. 

Overview

Our compliance strategy is comprehensive. We take a risk and evidence-based approach to compliance.

We have clear rules

There are clear and enforceable rules for all suppliers and operators of equipment that emits EME including:

  • Manufacturers
  • Transmitter operators
  • Suppliers of consumer devices

The safe levels

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) sets the safe EME levels in the Radiation Protection Standard for Maximum Exposure Levels to Radiofrequency Fields 3kHz to 300GHz (2002). 

The standard:

  • protects against all known health impacts
  • includes a large safety factor

It is in line with international recommendations by the World Health Organization and the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection.

ARPANSA conducts regular checks to make sure the safe levels are up-to-date with the latest Australian and international research.

It is a condition of the licences we issue that this standard must be met. Devices supplied in Australia must meet this standard. Operation of equipment must meet this standard.

We check

We investigate complaints from the public as well as do our own audits. 

We check as new technology comes onto the market.

There are many ways we check EME compliance and encourage industry to self-monitor. We:

  • audit the documents supplier must keep like laboratory test results
  • audit specific devices and equipment like base stations, smart meters, mobile phones, Wi-Fi devices
  • do site inspections

We educate

We have awareness programs to educate suppliers and the community about the rules on EME. This prevents problems before they occur. 

We cooperate

We work with Australian Border Force, law enforcement agencies and regulators. Many of our products come from overseas, so we also work with international regulators.

We enforce

We do formal investigations into a supplier or licensee. If they haven’t followed the rules we can:

  • get the licensee to test their equipment by using a registered National Association of Testing Authorities member
  • give a formal warning
  • take the matter to court

We stay up-to-date

Technology is a fast changing area. We review our compliance strategy each year. We target areas of public concern.

Our findings

We have always found a high level of compliance with safe levels of EME. Across the country and with different devices and suppliers, the EME levels are within the safe levels set by the ARPANSA standard.

There are rare individual cases of non-compliance. This is usually a supplier not keeping the right documents, not a problem with the EME levels.

A recent inspection we did showed that all devices inspected were operating at less than 1% of the safe exposure levels. This means that they are well below the safe levels set by ARPANSA.

Network facilities

We have always found that network facilities like mobile phone base stations are within the safe EME levels set by the ARPANSA standard. The providers of these facilities take seriously their responsibility to keep the transmitters in the safe EME levels. Providers want to keep EME levels low:

  • to stay within the safe levels for human exposure
  • to stop EME causing interference on their networks
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