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Internet: Health Hazards

Volume 461: debated on Tuesday 12 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the health effects of wireless internet networks, with particular reference to those in schools. (141102)

The independent Advisory Group on Non-ionising Radiation (AGNIR) undertook a comprehensive assessment of radio waves and health in 2003. Its report, entitled “Health Effects from Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields”, was published by the then National Radiological Protection Board (now the Radiation Protection Division of the Health Protection Agency (HPA)). Copies are available in the Library and on the HPA website at:

All devices that emit radio waves (such as wireless internet) should be used in compliance with the exposure guidelines published by the International Commission on Non-ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) as specified in the European Recommendation on limiting public exposure to electromagnetic fields (EC/519/1999).

Information about wireless devices and health is available on the Department’s website at:

In response to recent media and public concern about the use of wireless computer networks in schools the HPA has provided further advice at: