Office equipment and radiation

Some people are concerned that if there’s a lot of office equipment together in a small area, it might produce dangerous levels of radiation. This is not the case.

Like any other electrical appliance, the modern office equipment produces electric and magnetic fields. These aren’t the same as radiation. And the fields quickly get weaker the further away you are from the equipment.

The strengths of the fields you’re exposed to are:

  • generally the same regardless of how much equipment there is in your office
  • well below the exposure limits recommended in New Zealand and overseas.

Modern office equipment may communicate wirelessly, over WiFi networks or using technologies such as bluetooth. The transmitters used for this purpose operate at very low power and do not cause harmful exposures.

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