In the early days of TETRA deployments, questions were asked if TETRA was safe. That was particular true in the UK and much general information on the matter was collected and research was conducted to alleviate concerns by users.
Research has been reviewed by independent panels of scientific experts and standard setting bodies around the world such as the Health Protection Agency (HPA), the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the International Commission for Non-Ionising Radiation (ICNIRP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). In short there has been no evidence established that exposure to radio waves within the accepted exposure guidelines results in any adverse health effects.
The exposure guidelines, designed to protect both the public and occupational users of radio technologies, are set by independent expert organisations such as the ICNIRP. The guidelines are endorsed by the World Health Organisation and other authorities around the world. They set limits for exposure, incorporating a significant safety margin, based on extensive reviews of the scientific evidence. Companies that produce radio equipment or build networks must ensure they comply fully with the guidelines through careful product design and rigorous testing. The extensive body of scientific research into radio-frequency emissions, to which scientists continue to add, and which is reviewed regularly by expert bodies and standard setting organisations, provides a sound basis for confidence in the safety of radio technologies, including TETRA.
Particular the UK Home Office have provided significant funding in researching the matter and in May 2019 a final report was published. A quote from the report:
“There were similar or lower risks of sickness absence in TETRA radio users compared with non-users. Among users, the higher risk of sickness absence with greater radio use may reflect working pattern differences among police personnel rather than effects of radiofrequency exposure.”
Further from Imperial College https://www.police-health.org.uk/
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