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This study was performed to investigate, whether the exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic field of a UMTS base station can exert influence on the well-being of persons working in its proximity.
Over a period of three months (70 working days), a newly installed base station was turned on or off after one, two or three days. 95 participants (67 men, 28 women, age: 26-62 years) reported their health status on each working day (in general before work start and before end of the working day) using an online questionnaire. In addition, they also appreciated on a daily basis whether the base station was turned on or off.
|ばく露装置の詳細||The exposure of the building was maximised (main beam) by down-tilting the antenna.|
No evidence for a correlation between mobile phone base station exposure and self-reported health complaints was found. However, in this experiment correlation could be demonstrated for self-reported health complaints and appreciated base station status. On the days participants made significantly more health complaints, they also thought the base station was in use and vice versa.