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Smart meter safety

The Victorian Government is aware of concerns raised relating to smart meters. Through external reviews and reports into the smart meter program the Government has found that the metering devices meet all health standards and are being installed safely.

Smart meters and your health

All smart meters installed in Victoria must comply with electromagnetic exposure limits developed by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA). ARPANSA state "The combination of the relatively low power of the smart meter transmitters, their location on the outside of buildings and the very short time spent transmitting means that the overall RF EMR (radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation) exposure from smart meters is very low and well below exposure limits, even when a number of devices are communicating simultaneously."

ARPANSA also advise that "The scientific evidence does not support that the low level of RF EMR emitted from smart meters causes any health effects".

More information can be found on the ARPANSA website under Smart Meters or Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI)

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Installation safety of smart meters

Smart meters installers are required by law to meet certain requirements for training and qualifications.

Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) also requires that electricity distributors thoroughly test all smart meters after they are installed to ensure they meet all the relevant safety standards and requirements.

On 31 July 2012, ESV released a report into the electrical safety of Victoria’s smart meters. The report concluded that smart meters are safe, that they do not pose any greater safety risk than the meters they are replacing, and that there is no evidence to suggest that smart meters are exploding or causing fires.

A copy of the final report is available from the Energy Safe Victoria website.

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