international EMF Exposure Guideline
Von: JCMPelican @aol.com
Datum: Mon, 18 Jun 2007 14:06:41 EDT
I learned today that the KYODO webpage
report re WHO and EMF's can no longer be accessed without
subscribing. Thanks to Hans, he has provided
international EMF Exposure Guideline
Von: hans karow
Datum: Mon, 18 Jun 2007 11:00:17 -0700
CC: Commission Secretary BCUC:EX
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BC, V0H 1N0,
Radiation and Environmental Health
World Health Organization
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Re: WHO first international EMF exposure
According to a media article (enclosed below), the WHO
is expected to officially release its first international EMF guidelines.
May I kindly ask you to forward a copy of that
guideline at your earliest convenience please.
Presently there is a local substation and transmission
line application before our provincial regulatory agency, and the subject power
company as well as the regulatory agency base their position and decision about
the location of the project near residential and public buildings on the
WHO’s/ICNIRP’s 833 milliGauss threshold, thus allowing people being
exposed to up to these levels from external EMF sources, people are
unknowingly, involuntarily exposed to without their consent.
The requested WHO first international guidelines would
help our local case and cases elsewhere to prevent such high exposures to
Thank you very much in advance,
for measures to deal with electromagnetic waves
June 17 KYODO
World Health Organization has urged its member nations to take measures
against emissions of ultra low-frequency electromagnetic waves such as those
from power lines, citing the possible link between the emissions and infant
leukemia, a source close to the organization said Sunday.
In its first international guidelines on the
long-term influence of electromagnetic waves on human health, the WHO called
on countries to establish laws to reduce such exposure, the source said.
Although the WHO did not set specific numerical
figures for the reduction, it supported U.S.
and Japanese epidemiology studies which said that the risk of developing
childhood leukemia will double if children are constantly exposed to more
than an average 0.3-0.4 microtesla.
saying that direct causal relation between electromagnetic waves and health
damage has not been recognized, the WHO concluded that a link cannot be
denied and that preventive measures are needed.
The guidelines are likely to put pressure on Japan
which has no regulations concerning the influence of electromagnetic waves on
human bodies. Earlier this month, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and
Industry set up a working group to consider regulating ultra-low frequency
magnetic fields located around power lines.
The WHO is expected to officially release the
guidelines as early as Monday.
to the WHO, electronic devices which emit strong electromagnetic waves when
they are used include hair driers, electric shavers, vacuum cleaners and
A kitchen microwave emits 4-8 microtesla in a
30-centimeter distance while a television emits 0.01-0.15 microtesla when
people are within a 1-meter distance.
In the international guidelines, the WHO
mentioned preventive measures seen in such countries as Italy
and the Netherlands
where a certain distance is secured between high-voltage power lines and
residential districts, or schools and other facilities.
It also recommended labeling electromagnetic
wave levels on electronic devices, such as electric carpets.
The WHO has been conducting research on the
influence of electromagnetic waves on human bodies since 1996 following
reports that areas near high-voltage power lines have seen many cases of
It is also working on electromagnetic waves
with shorter wavelengths which are emitted from mobile phones and other
devices. It is planning to compile a report on the result of the work as
early as next year.