05/06/2019 - Permalink

Response to concerns about potential health impacts of 5G technology

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A number of people have recently contacted Shropshire Council expressing concerns about the potential health impacts of 5G – the next generation of cellular mobile technology.

Lee Chapman, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for organisational transformation and digital infrastructure, said:

“The West Midlands Combined Authority – of which Shropshire Council is a non-constituent member – is working with UK5G, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and Public Health England in assessing any potential health concerns. They publish a regularly-updated review* of current information on the effects of wireless communications on health and the environment and we will continue to monitor this review to ensure that we are aware of the latest information and advice.

“In addition, as part of their 5G ‘Urban Connected Communities’ Pilot in Birmingham, the WMCA has invited Shropshire Council to join a new working group that will share thinking and communications in relation to all things 5G, including the emerging health concerns.”

*The review was last updated in March 2019 and can be found here.

It states that:

“Over recent years there has been a huge expansion in the use of all forms of wireless communications ranging from short range Bluetooth to wide area mobile connectivity. This rapid growth has been managed safely through the industry conforming to international health standards which are independently laid down and are based upon a huge amount of research carried out over the last 50 years (the ICNIRP guidelines).”

and…

“Public Health England and other organisations have concluded there is no convincing evidence that human exposure of radio waves below these INCIRP guideline levels causes health effects in either adults or children.”

Public Health England (PHE) also publishes some regularly-updated guidance into ‘Mobile phone base stations: radio waves and health‘.

To date there have been no 5G antennas installed commercially in the council area that Shropshire Council is aware of.