The Unavoidable Problem of RF Radiation Exposure

Wireless Antenna Tower

Antennas were historically placed on tall towers in secluded areas and guarded with fencing.

In today’s technological world, nothing is more highly valued to the average consumer than their wireless phone.  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 as carriers roll out the new 5G network and beyond.

Innocent third-party workers are unknowingly being exposed to RF radiation from antennas.

Previously, individual commercial wireless cell antennas maintained compliance by being solely located on remote towers behind locked gates to keep the public safe.  Today, however, antenna systems are routinely co-located on accessible rooftops and other structures in densely populated areas and are often disguised or camouflaged for aesthetic reasons.  As the 5G network is rolled out in the near future, these antennas will encroach even further. As a result, innocent third-party workers (electricians, painters, roofers, HVAC technicians, among others) are unknowingly being exposed at their worksite to RF radiation from these antennas while simply performing their duties.

The FCC, the regulating governmental body, is responsible for enforcing worksite RF safety compliance designed to protect humans from RF radiation overexposure.  The wireless carriers claim to be in compliance with the FCC’s RF human exposure limits.  However, the wireless carriers’ practices do not result in the protection of workers from RF radiation.

The carriers themselves have stated that they are unable to fulfill their FCC obligations and ensure the safety of workers at their sites.

Carriers alone cannot control transient individuals nor employees of others that may access areas surrounding transmitters at these sites for occupational reasons. 1

Verizon Wireless comments to the FCC

National Antenna & Tower Safety Center (NA&TSC) recognizes the challenges of providing worksite RF safety for workers and has created a globally patented safety protocol and technological solution to ensure the health and safety of all workers at all wireless cell sites.  This advanced technology creates a 21st-century solution to solve a 21st-century problem.

The health and wellbeing of the American worker and their families depends on the NA&TSC’s safety solution.

American workers and their families support the National Antenna & Tower Safety Center solution.

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1 Verizon Comments to NPRM: