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EME and YOU, the Science of Safe Connection

Professor Andrew Wood and Professor Rodney Croft discussing the research, regulation, and safety of electromagnetic energy (EME) from telecommunications, including 5G.

[Andrew Wood] I'm Andrew Wood I'm a Professor of Biophysics at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. My area of expertise is in biophysics which is applying physics to biological problems, in particular we've been looking at training technologists to work in hospitals
[Rodney Croft ] I'm Professor Rodney Croft from the University of Wollongong and my research area is concerned with determining whether radiation causes adverse health effects in humans
So 5g, of course, is just a name - it doesn't have a meaning physically, so what we have is a whole lot of research that's explored how the electromagnetic energy works, and whether or not it can in fact hurt people. This research has been going on for many years, and that's what we rely on when we look to see whether 5g is going to cause a problem or not.
There's been a great deal of research looking at the effects of EME, on humans of course there's been a lot of work that supplements this using animals and various other methodologies, but certainly in humans, science has tried to identify problems, because there have been claims by some people of problems science has tried to verify these claims but so far it just hasn't managed to do so
[Andrew Wood] Similar to wildlife in any other country then I think there's a fair amount of information that can be applied to evaluate the potential harm and I believe that there isn't any substantive evidence of there being any harm.
[Rodney Croft ] I keep coming back to question as to whether you can explain some sort of mechanism, whereby low levels of EME could actually cause harm, so there is no established biophysical mechanism for lower level EME to cause effects.
The wireless EME from communication device is very safe for the public. It's extremely low, much much lower than the standards we have here in Australia and around the world, usually between about 100 and 10,000 times below that level, so very very small so in terms of health, there's absolutely no issue there.
[Andrew Wood] It's always safe yeah so the emissions from base station towers are monitored fairly regularly so there is a national program for measuring emissions from base stations, and all this information is publicly available it's on a website, and so anybody can go to their postcode and find out what transmitters or what base stations are in their neighbourhood, and they can see exactly what's being emitted who's operating the transmitters and what the levels are as a percentage.