Mobile Phone Health Risks - The Latest Research
website Footer image Background

Terms and Conditions                Privacy Policy

website header image Courtenell Work Health & Safety Training and Consulting 02 9516 1499
Home About Us     Course Dates All Courses Online Learning Safety Articles Resources Bookings

Courtenell Pty Ltd

as Trustee for the Vowles Family Trust

WHS Training Specialists, Sydney, Australia ~ PO Box 622 Broadway NSW 2007

ABN: 42164393628 ~ ACN: 050109281

Mobile Phone Health Risks - The Latest Research

For those who have health concerns about personal or workplace use of mobile phones or an interest in understanding the risk implications revealed by the latest research from Hardell and Carlberg, a good place to start your reading is with the publications below.

These publications show the existing mainstream view of authorities prior to this latest research:

Fact Sheet 13 ARPANSA

This Fact Sheet clearly states at the beginning that:

"There is no clear evidence in the existing scientific literature that the use of mobile telephones poses any long-term health hazard (although the possibility of a small risk cannot be ruled out)"

However it would be a mistake to conclude from this that you don't need to know more. The Fact Sheet includes an overview of some of the research on the subject and statements such as:

“A few animal studies suggest that exposure to weak RF fields can accelerate the development of cancer. Further studies are required to establish their reproducibility and the existence or otherwise of a dose-response relationship. Whether these results are relevant to users of mobile telephones is not clear. In any event, these results cannot be dismissed at this stage.”

“On the specific issue of brain cancer occurring in users of these telephones, it is important to note that such cancers existed before the introduction of mobile telephones. It is simply not possible to identify the cause of any single case of cancer. Long-term studies to investigate whether mobile telephone users have a greater incidence of, say, brain cancer than the general population have not been completed.”

Fact Sheet 103 World Health Organisation

This informative Fact Sheet includes data such as:

How to Handle the Risks

The risk handling that is recommended by ARPANSA and other bodies is based upon risk minimisation and includes:

The Most Recent Research - Hardell & Carlberg

The WHO and the IARC both refer to the need for further research. Highly respected researchers, Dr. Lennart Hardell, a professor of Oncology at University of Örebro in Sweden, and statistician Michael Carlberg from the same University have now completed their latest research on the health risks of mobile phone use. It includes long term heavy mobile phone use of greater than 25 years.

Their research was published online on the 28th of October 2014 ahead of publication in print. (See Reference 4)

The research released is somewhat technical and is not in a form that can be easily understood by a layperson. However it is clear that they have concluded that:

At some point the WHO, IARC, and ARPANSA will consider the results of the Hardell and Carlberg research and publish their views and recommendations.

According to the WHO Fact Sheet 193 the “WHO will conduct a formal risk assessment of all studied health outcomes from radio frequency fields exposure by 2016.”

Meanwhile others will no doubt make and publish their evaluations of the implications of the latest research. For example see Reference 5, which provides key points of the results in plain language.


  1. ARPANSA Fact Sheet 13 – Mobile Telephones and Health Effects
  2. WHO Electromagnetic fields and public health: mobile phones
  4. L. Hardell, M. Carlberg, Mobile phone and cordless phone use and the risk for glioma – Analysis of pooled case-control studies in Sweden, 1997–2003 and 2007–2009, Pathophysiology (2014)
  5.  Heavy Cell Phone Use Can Quadruple Your Risk of Deadly Brain Cancer

You are welcome to download this article and distribute it within your organisation.

Risk Management

Tailor made onsite training:

Call (02) 9516 1499

WHS Risk Management for Supervisors & Managers Course

WHS Risk Management Course

Incident Investigation Course

BackBasics Manual Handling Risk Management Course

Risk Management of Hazardous Chemicals

Related Articles

How can you  keep workers safe

Why Managers and Supervisors Have a Vital Role in WHS Compliance

How to determine what is reasonably practicable

Risk Management

Properly Instruct and Train

Risk Perception & Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment

Near Miss

Download Article
Subscribe to receive  hints and tips on  health and safety Subscribe We value your privacy  click here for  privacy policy

You can select to receive, one or a combination of: