Risks of Mobile Phones

Learn more about your safety in everyday life

Interfering with daily life!

There's a possibility that radio waves produced by mobile phones could interfere with important electrical equipment, such as:

  • pacemakers
  • monitors and machines in hospitals
  • electrical systems on aeroplanes


Radio waves produced by mobile phones transmit in all directions to find the nearest base station. This means that some of the radio waves are directed at your body when you use a mobile phone. Some types of high-dose radiation can pose health risks, such as increasing your risk of getting cancer


If there are any health risks from the use of mobile phones, children might be more vulnerable because their bodies and nervous systems are still developing.

Research carried out to date hasn't supported a link between mobile phone use and childhood cancers such as leukaemia.

However, if you have any concerns, you can lower your child's exposure to radio waves by only allowing them to use mobile phones for essential purposes and keeping calls short.

1st Phone!?

March 10, 1876

They were spoken by Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, when he made the first call on March 10, 1876, to his assistant, Thomas Watson: "Mr. Watson--come here--I want to see you."

Need Advice??

Different hospitals have different rules regarding mobile phone use. You should always check with hospital staff before using your phone.

If a hospital doesn't allow the use of mobile phones on their site, they'll display posters around the building saying so. All patients, visitors and staff should follow the hospital's rules.

It's generally considered safe to use a mobile phone if you have a pacemaker, but as a precaution you should keep it away from your pacemaker and hold your phone to your right ear.

Specific absorption rates

Levels of exposure to radio waves from mobile phones are quantified as specific absorption rates (SAR). SAR is a measure of the amount of energy absorbed.

The units of measurement are watts per kilogram (W/kg) or milliwatts per gram (mW/g). The higher the SAR, the more energy your body is absorbing and the greater the rise in temperature.