THE EFFECTS OF RADIO FREQUENCY RADIATIONS FROM TELECOMMUNICATION TOWERS ON OSOGBO RESIDENTS
Acta Electronica Malaysia (AEM)
Author: Adebayo Samuel, Ajide B. Adeolu, Babatola K. Babatunde
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High frequency electromagnetic radiations affect various biological mediums in a variety of ways. Studies are still being conducted to determine how radio frequency radiation affects people, particularly in light of the abundance of communication masts in urban areas. This study on radio frequency radiation from telecommunication masts was conducted to compare the radiation found in this research with the safe limit established by the International Commission for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection and to evaluate the continuous electro-sensitivity (ES) conditions associated with exposure to radio frequency radiation emitted from the telecommunication mast on the environment in Osogbo. Power density measurements at six different base stations are covered in this work. Four days’ worth of readings were taken at various masts, using the electric strength field. A range of 0 to 500 meters was taken into account. According to the results, Base Station 1 at the base of the GLO mast had the highest power density of 4.271mW/m2, while Base Station 2 at the MTN mast had the lowest power density of 0.048mW/m2. High power density measurements at both base stations were made at distances of less than 100 meters. Additionally, all but one (base station 4) show that power density diminishes with distance exceeding 200 meters. The ICNIRP set a limit for power density of 4.50W/m2 for public exposure, which is well below this maximum number. This research provides an analysis of power density measurements for radio frequency radiation emitted by telecommunication masts. The findings indicate that the levels of public exposure in the vicinity of Okebaale Osogbo and Osun State University are well below the established safety threshold. Consequently, this study offers significant contributions to the understanding of the safety implications associated with urban communication mast radiation.