The 2022 independent audit of Jersey’s mobile mast sites confirms that emissions remain within internationally recognised safe levels for the General Public.
The audit, commissioned by the Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority, was carried out by consultants Freshwave during September.
16 test sites were chosen from all operators in several urban and rural locations, including six sites that have not previously been tested, and all were found to be well below the safety limits for the public advised by internationally recognised standards, which are laid down by the International Commission for Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).
ICNIRP emission standards are endorsed by the World Health Organisation and are used within the EU and other regions as a benchmark against which to measure the safety of radio-frequency emissions.
Comparing the results of tests dating back to 2017, Freshwave conclude that all the sites tested remain safe and are consistently well within ICNIRP recommended guideline levels.
Sarah Price, Senior Case Officer, said: “The annual testing of mobile phone masts is an important part of our work. Whilst mobile mast infrastructure is critical to the Island’s local and international connectivity; it is also imperative that we monitor their emissions to ensure they meet internationally accepted levels so that we can give Islanders peace of mind that they remain well within those limits on health and safety grounds.
“We remain committed to ensuring that our telecoms sector is well regulated, competitive, and delivering innovation. The Authority takes comfort in the latest results, and I would like to thank the operators for their cooperation with this project and thank them for ensuring their sites comply with ICNIRP guidelines. The Authority will continue to monitor selected sites on an annual basis.”
The reports on all the sites in Jersey, including previous audits carried at, are published here.