In today’s technological world, no device is more highly valued to the average consumer than the cellphone. The number of wireless devices has increased to over 400,000,000 in the United States alone. To support these devices, the number of municipal and commercial antenna systems has exploded to 600,000 and is expected to continually grow exponentially.
Previously, individual commercial wireless transmitting antennas had been solely located on remote towers behind locked gates to keep the public safe. Today, however, municipal and commercial antenna systems are routinely co-located on structures in densely populated areas and often disguised for aesthetic reasons. This has created chaos in the assignment of responsibility for worker radio frequency (RF) safety between municipalities and carriers.
As the carriers themselves have stated, they are unable to ensure the safety of first responders and third party workers (electricians, painters, roofers, HVAC technicians, etc.) at their sites. The following comments from the carriers to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) verify their inability to properly protect all workers at their wireless transmitting antennas:
- Verizon Comments to FCC
- AT&T Comments to the FCC
- Verizon Reply Comments to FCC
- Verizon FCC Ex Parte 1
- Verizon Ex Parte 2
- Verizon Ex Parte 3
The FCC, the regulating governmental body, is responsible for enforcing safety compliance standards. Carriers claim to be in compliance to FCC standards; however, their perception of compliance does not equal protection of workers from RF radiation.
The health and wellbeing of the American worker and their families depends on the adoption of the NA&TSC’s safety solution.
The NA&TSC RF safety solution ensures all licensees are in full compliance with the FCC’s rules protecting workers from RF radiation. NA&TSC’s RF safety solution is a standardized, national RF radiation safety protocol.
The RF safety solution provides:
- Training and certification of all workers that work near wireless transmission site antennas.
- Easily accessible, updated site specific RF safety information for every wireless transmission site in the nation for authorized workers.
- A hub for all governmental and commercial FCC licensees, site owners, tower companies, contractors and workers to cooperate and participate in the communication and sharing of information to provide a safe working environment.
- A standardized process for control and recordation of site activities at wireless transmission sites by first responders and 3rd party workers.
- Indemnification against RF injury claims for all participants.
NA&TSC’s comprehensive RF safety solution is offered to all participants, including governmental and commercial FCC licensees, site owners, tower companies, first responders, contractors and workers.
the National Antenna & Tower Safety Center solution.