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DTI Report on Mobile Phone Radiation Shields

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10 April 2002

In line with the new harmonised testing standards, SAR values have become available for all new models from the 1st October last year, confirming they comply with the international health exposure guidelines.

The World Health Organisations says:

"Scientific evidence does not indicate any need for RF-absorbing covers or other "absorbing devices" on mobile phones. They cannot be justified on health grounds and the effectiveness of many such devices in reducing RF exposure is unproven."

The WHO has stated that if people are still concerned, they can make a personal choice to reduce their exposure to radio waves by using a hands free kit.

For technical reasons, mobile manufacturers recommend that if a hands free kit is used it should be the one recommended by the manufacturers.

61% of UK adults access the internet from mobiles

Mobile phones cannot work without a network of base stations (masts). There are approximately 52,500 base station sites (excluding microcells) in the UK. Only a third of these are large, free standing masts. A YouGov survey for MOA (Sept 2014) showed that nearly 8 out of 10 people recognise the link between masts and good mobile coverage. Mobile telecommunications are vital for the UK’s economic competitiveness and in promoting social inclusion. There are now 89.9 million mobile subscriptions in the UK. In Q1 2015 61 per cent of UK adults used their mobile phones for internet access. Tablet ownership is 54% of UK households.

No Established Health Effects

Mobile phones operate by using radio waves, similar to those that have been widely used for decades, for example in radio, TV and radar signals. A large number of studies over the last two decades have found no clear evidence of adverse health effects from the use of mobile phones or from phone masts.