Polish govt holds meeting on electromagnetic protection act

Monday 6 June 2016 | 10:19 CET | News

The Polish Ministry of Digitisation has started work on new legislation on protecting human health against the effects of mobile networks, reports Rzeczpospolita. On 01 June, there was the first meeting of the ministry with representatives of public organisations and telecommunications operators on the effects of electromagnetic field radiation by mobile masts on human health. The draft act will define additional controls by public organisations and the state.

It will introduce new obligations to provide information and education. It will set out a list of entities that can require an inspection of radiation from the voivodeship environmental protection inspectorate. The ministry also proposes broader competences for authorities on environmental protection and regulator UKE in the control and penalisation of operators violating obligations related to electromagnetic field radiation.

The biggest part of the draft act consists of a list of information obligations of owners of buildings, local governments, operators and suppliers of telecommunications equipment. They apply to informing the public of the presence of Wi-Fi networks in buildings, public transport and urban spaces.

The ministry proposes that each device is equipped with a Wi-Fi switch, and that household routers and smartphones have labels indicating levels of radiation and recommendations for use in order to keep the radiation as low as possible.

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