Wireless Industry Denies Health Risks of RF EMF Exposure
Joel's comments: The Big Lie? The Wireless Industry commonly cites the assertion of "no conclusive evidence" made by some allegedly independent bodies (like ICNIRP) but twists this assertion to argue that, "no adverse health effects have been found from RF EMF." The Industry attributes the latter assertion to the WHO and international health authorities which is patently untrue.
Despite long-standing conflicts of interest, the WHO acknowledges the need for more research to establish conclusively the health effects from long-term exposure to RF EMF. In the meantime, however, the WHO ignores the IARC 2B "possibly carcinogenic" classification of RF radiation and endorses ICNIRP's RF guidelines which only protect humans against thermal risks from RF exposure. ICNIRP is a self-appointed committee of 14 individuals who ignore the overall weight of the recent, peer-reviewed evidence regarding bioeffects and long-term health consequences from exposure to non-thermal levels of RF.
Wireless industry updates Wi-Fi Health and Safety brochure
GSMA, February 16, 2015
“This brochure is designed to answer questions about the health and safety aspects of Wi-Fi technology, and to share the opinions of respected public health institutions on this topic.
“Due to the ubiquity of Wi-Fi technology, questions about the safety of radio waves and Wi-Fi devices tend to arise from time–to-time. The Wireless industry takes these concerns very seriously,” said the brochure (.pdf).
The brochure is a collaboration between the MMF, Wi-Fi Alliance and the GSMA, and directly addresses concerns the public may have about wireless technology and radio frequency electromagnetic fields (RF EMF).
After 60 years of extensive study, no adverse health effects have been found from RF EMF at levels within the safety limits. This view is held by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other international health authorities.
“The safe use of radio waves has been extensively studied for more than 60 years. This large body of scientific research is regularly reviewed by numerous independent, scientific expert panels, government agencies, standard-setting organizations and health authorities from around the world. These organizations have reached the same general scientific conclusion – to date no established evidence of adverse health effects from exposure to radio waves at or below the recommended limits,” states the brochure.
The brochure also quotes the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) confirming that “a large number of studies have been undertaken on both acute and long-term effects from HF (high frequency) exposure, such as Wi-Fi, without showing any conclusive evidence of adverse health effects.”
Responding to whether Wi-Fi is safe to use in schools and around children the brochure refers to the position of Health Canada, which is also consistent with other international bodies such as the WHO and Public Health England.
“In response to questions raised in Canada about using Wi-Fi in schools, Health Canada stated that Wi-Fi exposure levels are typically well below Canadian and international exposure limits and there is no convincing evidence that they are a health hazard”.
Other questions such as; who develops the limits for exposure to radio waves, are W-Fi devices in compliance with the RF exposure requirements, and what is the wireless industry doing to ensure the continued safety of Wi-Fi products, are also answered in the brochure.
Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., Director
Center for Family and Community Health
School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley
Electromagnetic Radiation Safety
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