European Union Advisory Body calling for action on behalf of EHS sufferers
Recognition of EMF caused symptoms2.1 » In recent years, adverse health effects have been attributed to growing exposure to electromagnetic waves in our daily life. In some ways, the current problem harks back to the question of asbestos and its use in building: initially, "irrefutable scientific evidence" was demanded, with serious scientific differences subsequently emerging, and the danger to health posed by the material eventually being recognized.
Demand for more action
- health sector: recognition of the illness of electromagnetic hypersensitivity as an EMF intolerance syndrome;
- employment sector: recognition of hypersensitivity as an illness and adaptation measures;
- social sector: recognition of the functional disability.
- establishing a register of products entailing electromagnetic risks, given their potential for causing electromagnetic hypersensitivity;
- designing information and awareness-raising campaigns on the prevention and management of problems associated with this condition that mainly target people with compatible profiles and particular long-term vulnerability to electromagnetic fields and which explain the potential negative long-term biological risks for the environment and human health, with particular reference to children;
- raising awareness of the potential health risks of DECT wireless phones, baby monitors, and other household appliances that continually emit microwave pulses, such as electrical equipment that is left permanently on standby, and recommending the use of fixed corded telephones at home.
- a safe distance between high-voltage power lines and other electrical installations and homes;
- maximum permissible exposure levels and effective and transparent control mechanisms;
- requirement for spatial planning tools to include public and private EMF-free zones (i.e. "white" zones, which would have to include housing, and public spaces that were free of electromagnetic pollution, such as health centres, hospitals, libraries, workspaces, etc.).
Recognition in other countries
Conflicts of interest in scientific bodies
» Future agenda for the section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (TEN)
» Third draft of the TEN-559 opinion on electromagnetic hypersensitivity
Center for Family and Community Health
School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley
Electromagnetic Radiation Safety
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