The Public Demands RF Safety for Unprotected Workers
Former Apple CEO and 18-year board member of AT&T expresses his concerns of workers being overexposed to RF radiation to FCC Chairman Wheeler: “The new ubiquity of our facilities and the location of transmitters in more accessible areas than in the past means that large numbers of civilians and third-party workers—roofers, painters, and firefighters for example—render your rules for protecting the population from over-exposure areas out of date.” – Dr. Gil Amelio
I believe at this critical point in time [the FCC has] a unique opportunity to assist in protecting workers and others and to lead the industry into continued growth.
Dr. Amelio is a scientist and physicist with a career in the communications industry spanning 48 years. His letter to the FCC addresses the antiquated provisions put in place to maintain the safety of those working near wireless transmitting antennas, and bring about a level of protection to shield first responders and third-party workers from the dangers of RF radiation exposure as they are unaware while performing their day-to-day duties. Dr. Amelio’s call to action is just one of many demanding safety for the American worker.
As the number of RF emitting antennas increases, the potential exposure to workers also increases. As a result, industry technologists, labor unions, and Congressional members are calling for a comprehensive RF safety solution to protect industry and third-party workers.
Over the years, the following labor unions have expressed concern over RF radiation injuries to their members at wireless transmission sites:
- › International Association of Firefighters (IAFF)
- › North American Building Trades Unions (NABTU)
- › International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
- › American Federation of Governmental Employees (AFGE)
- › Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA)
- › Operative Plasterers & Cement Masons’ International Association (OPCMIA)
- › United Union of Roofers and Waterproofers Association of America (UURWAA)
Labor unions continue to lobby the wireless carriers, local governments, Congress, OSHA, and the FCC for the protection of their members. Their combined membership, close to 5 million non-wireless industry workers, will be the ones most likely to be overexposed to RF radiation during the course of their work as they lack the training to recognize the dangers they face at a wireless site and the ability to protect themselves.
One of the most vocal of these groups has been the IBEW whom have demanded a level of protection for their members akin to that afforded to wireless industry employees. Congressional representatives have been made aware of this issue and have strongly encouraged the agency that regulates RF safety (FCC) to properly address this unresolved human health hazard.
Congressional members have called for action from the FCC to address RF safety at wireless transmission sites in correspondence to former Chairman Genekowski, former Chairman Wheeler, and current Chairman Pai. The congressional members echo the concern of their constituents regarding the occupational hazard of RF radiation and the unintended exposure of those who lack the information and training necessary to protect themselves. Further, they express their apprehension over the wireless carriers growing use of “stealth” antennas as means of network proliferation as they make RF radiation hazards all the more difficult to identify.
Displaying a lack of willingness to address RF radiation exposure will only result in workers continuing to be exposed needlessly.
National Antenna & Tower Safety Center (NA&TSC) has perfected a system to meet the public’s ongoing demand to provide all workers at wireless transmission sites with a safe working environment. NA&TSC recognizes the challenges of providing RF site safety for workers and has created a globally patented safety protocol and technology solution to ensure the health and safety of all workers at all wireless transmission sites. This advanced technology creates a 21st-century solution to solve a 21st-century problem.
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- The Unavoidable Problem of RF Exposure
- The Comprehensive National Antenna & Tower Safety Center RF Safety Solution
- Carriers Alone Cannot Fully Protect Workers from RF Radiation at Cell Sites
- Insuring the Uninsurable
- American Workers Are Being Over-Exposed to RF Radiation
- Connecting the Dots Between Third-Party Workers and RF Radiation Injuries
- Protecting Tower Climbers
- RF Safety Obligations of Municipalities
- Site Owners Blind to the Consequences of RF Radiation
- RF and Tower Safety Obligations of Turf Vendors and Contractors
- NA&TSC's Response to FCC RF Safety Issue (Part 1)
- NA&TSC's Response to FCC RF Safety Issue (Part 2)
- NA&TSC's Response to FCC RF Safety Issue (Part 3)
- NA&TSC's Response to FCC RF Safety Issue (Part 4)
- NA&TSC's Response to FCC RF Safety Issue (Part 5)
- Firefighters Must be Protected from RF Radiation at Wireless Sites
- RF Radiation Overexposure: A Fact Sheet for the Public
- Support for National Antenna & Tower Safety Center’s RF Safety Solution