WiFi Safety

Last nights Panorma programme has certainly caused a stir, Becta have put an update on their website:

Following last night’s Panorama programme Becta has this morning been in contact with the Health Protection Agency (HPA) – the government agency responsible for health and safety – to obtain the latest guidance on any health issues relating to wireless technology.

Despite the claims made in last night’s programme, the HPAs guidance remains the same. The latest advice on their website reads:

“On the basis of current scientific information WiFi equipment satisfies international guidelines. There is no consistent evidence of health effects from RF exposures below guideline levels and therefore no reason why schools and others should not use WiFi equipment.”

Based on this guidance, and expert safety advice, Becta believes that there is no need to change its current guidance: while secure wireless networks can complement an institution’s wired network, they should not replace it.

Further information on WiFi safety is available on the Health Protection Agency website.

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