Safety Levels

Councils are obliged to ensure the safety of the public, but what they do instead is to ensure that each installed device has an ICNIRP certificate and skip any form of risk assessment or monitoring.

This page compares the ICNIRP standards with guidelines from other professional bodies and finds the ICNIRP levels to be excessively high.

From the Cheltenham Borough Council Website:
Most crucially of all, councils have been told by ministers that they should not refuse planning applications for masts or base stations on health grounds where these meet the ICNIRP guidelines.” 

Converting units

Safety standards use both volts per metre (field strength) and microwatts per metre squared (power density) to measure output strength.
5G output is pulsed and can show high field strength but variable power density depending on the signal.
So both are needed as the two are not equivalent but a rough conversion guide can be found here

The Trifield meter uses milliwatts so 15mw = 15000μw

ICNIRP guidelines allow exposure levels of up to 56 volts per metre which is outrageously high with most authorities recommending restriction to less than 1 or even 1/2 volt per metre.

Furthermore, the ICNIRP guidelines:

  • Are based upon thermal heating effects only
  • Allow heating of flesh up to 5 degrees above normal
  • Do not allow for the complexity of biological systems
  • Are out of date – more research has been done on the dangers since they were drafted
  • 56 V/m translates to over 8000 mw/m² or 8,000,000 μw/m²
  • 400 w/m² = 400,000 mw/m² = 400,000,000 μw/m²

Comparing international standards link

The UK (ICNIRP) limits are ten times higher than USA and in fact ten million times higher than New South Wales.

Whose limits are the safer?

The Building Biology Evaluation Guidelines recommends a peak power density of less than 1000 μw per sq metre for high frequency signals. [link]

We are reading 2000 – 6000+ in the streets of Gloucestershire.

The BioInitiative Report [here] recommends limits of
0.6 volts per metre or
1000 µw per sq metre

“Some studies and many anecdotal reports on ill health have been reported at lower levels than this”

The European Academy for Environmental Medicine recommends no more than 10 µw per sq metre for WiFi frequencies here and we are measuring 10000 µw per sq metre in the streets of Cheltenham and Gloucester.

The full table of international safety standards for comparison.

The table came from this site here which is now blocked by some service providers for some reason.


Councils have a legal duty to ensure the safety of the public but they will not achieve this by sticking to outdated, inappropriate and ultimately unsafe guidelines.

There have been many studies since the drafting of the ICNIRP guidelines that prove that there are many adverse biological effects way below the thermal thresholds and the guidelines should therefore be updated to reflect the new knowledge.

See also: Council responsibilities ICNIRP

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