The ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority) is planning on ‘rolling over’ existing legislation which specifies maximum Electromagnetic Emission exposure levels to humans and labelling protocols for devices incorporating radiocommunications transmitter(s) with integral antennas. These devices include smart meters and mesh smart meter relays and access points. Other affected wireless devices include mobile phones, cordless phones, baby monitors, headphones, microphones, LAN access points, PDAs and laptop PCs.
The new draft legislation only contains minor changes to existing legislation!
This means that ACMA’s legislation will uphold the ARPANSA’s outdated radiofrequency standard. In fact, the ACMA’s legislation doesn’t even incorporate the ARPANSA’s entire radiofrequency standard, but just the parts that are easy to police. This means any precautionary elements in it have been thrown out the window. Sadly, even these meager maximum exposure limits have been denied to Defence and Police personnel.
It also means that Australia’s labelling requirements for devices emitting electromagnetic radiation will continue to lag behind risk-management practices recommended elsewhere in the world. SSMA finds it extraordinary that wireless devices such as smart meters and smart meter relays and access points do not carry any radiation alerts whatsoever!
The ACMA has invited public comment on their proposal. Go to the following link for more information: http://www.acma.gov.au/theACMA/Consultations/Consultations/Sunsetting/remaking-the-radiocommunications-human-exposure-standard
Submissions are due by Friday, 2nd May, and will become public documents.
To view a copy of Stop Smart Meters Australia’s submission go here: SSMA submission to ACMA 29 April
To view a copy of EMR Australia’s submission go here: EMR Australia Submission