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The Unavoidable Problem of RF Exposure

Antenna Tower

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

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:

Antenna Tower

As the demand for wireless service has increased, antennas are placed in increasingly more accesible locations where first responders, roofers, painters, HVAC technicians, and other third party workers can be in close proximity.

  • 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.

    National Antenna & Tower Safety Center (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 is a 21st century solution to a 21st century problem.

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

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