This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Wireless Technology Safety'.

 
 
 
DWP Central Freedom of Information Team
Annex A 
 
e-mail: freedom-of-information-re
 
xxxxx@xxx.xxx.xxx.xx
 
Our Ref: VTR/3884
 
 

DATE 22 August 2013
Annex A 
 
Gazz 
E-mail:  xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx 
  
 
 
 
Dear Sir/Madam, 
 
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request made on 2 August 2013 in which you said: 
 
“Please confirm whether or not Internet Access Devices used by Jobcentre Plus offices are wireless 
frequencies.  
 
Can the DWP provide any independent confirmation that Internet Access Devices used in Jobcentre Plus 
offices have no detrimental effects upon health due to the wireless frequencies used?  
 
Will claimants be sanctioned if they refuse to use such wireless devices without being given scientifically 
proven evidence that no detrimental effects will be suffered”? 

 
 
Our Reply: 
 
Q1. Please confirm whether or not Internet Access Devices used by Jobcentre Plus offices are 
wireless frequencies.  
 
A1. Yes, Customer Internet Access Devices (IAD) are Wi-Fi enabled. 
 
Q2. Can the DWP provide any independent confirmation that Internet Access Devices used in 
Jobcentre Plus offices have no detrimental effects upon health due to the wireless frequencies 
used?  
 
A2. The Department for Work and Pensions holds no independent information on the 
effects of wireless frequencies. 
 
Q3. Will claimants be sanctioned if they refuse to use such wireless devices without being 
given scientifically proven evidence that no detrimental effects will be suffered? 
 
A3. Claimants will not be mandated to use IADs available in Jobcentre Plus offices and 
will, therefore, not be sanctioned if they refuse to use them.  Use of IADs by claimants is 
voluntary.    


If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number 
above.   
Yours sincerely,  
 
 
 
DWP Central FoI Team 
 
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