Are we conscious enough about what all our gadgets expose us to in everyday life?
Is it safe to
- hold the mobile phone against the ear, with mobile data active?
- keep the laptop on our lap, when it is connected to wifi?
- sleep with the wifi router on at night, maybe even right at the other side of the bedroom wall?
- walk with our cell phone in our pockets, close to our private parts?
This subject is of increasing importance to reflect upon, alongside the numerous developments of products based upon wireless technology.
I have dived into some sources I find useful, and are not that time consuming to explore:
Wireless Education is a platform offering solid information and super online courses that do not take long to work through.
They particularly focus on measures that businesses can take to make work places safer for employees, and measures that families and schools should consider.
- They offer a free quiz (takes about 5 min) to check whether you are up to date with knowledge in this field
- To know how your family and the school your children go to should take protective measures, you can enrol in this cource
- Takes about 30 min to complete
- Costs £ 5.95
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- Takes about 30 min to complete
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FAQ – frequent questions about radiation and health
I have taken the liberty of passing on some of the information shared by Wireless Education.
See Wiereless Education's FAQ-page for the original information and sources they refer to (research and experts).
Why should I care about microwave radiation and health risks?
In 2011 The World Health Organisation classified radiofrequency radiation as ‘possibly carcinogenic’.
This risk classification was based on an increased risk of glioma (malignant brain tumor) and acoustic neuroma (tumor of the hearing nerve.). For heavy users, the risk increased from 30 minutes daily use. Since then, there have been studies with similar findings. Currently, many people use their devices all day long.
Why are children at increased risk?
Studies have shown that children (compared to adults) absorb twice the microwave radiation to their head and up to three times to the areas of their brain known as the hippocampus and hypothalamus. Additionally, children have greater absorption in their eyes, and as much as ten times more in their bone marrow. This is of great concern to medical specialists.
What is the problem with certain exposure standards?
There are several reasons that current ICNIRP and FCC standards are considered inadequate:
- They are out of date, having been set in the 1990’s before wireless networks
- The guidelines were based solely on preventing thermal effects, i.e. heating. But many peer-reviewed, published studies report non-thermal effects. This shows biological harm from exposure to weak microwave radiation levels.
- The guidelines do not account for exposure to multiple sources and only consider 6 minutes (in the USA maximum 30 minutes) of exposure from one device at a time.
- The guidelines do not consider research showing that current cell phones can produce “hotspots” in the brain.
- The guidelines were based on an adult male body’s absorption of radiation. Women and children’s smaller bodies and brains were not considered when they set the standards.
Don’t organisations such as the ICNIRP, FDA, CDC, HPA and National Cancer Institute and the EPA say Wi-Fi is safe?
It is important to understand that no organisation, anywhere, will say that microwave radiation is perfectly safe. Instead, they will say that it poses a lower risk, provided you keep within the time limit for exposure and do not exceed the maximum intensity exposure standards. Most people are unaware that there are published exposure limits for wireless devices.
In recent years, a number of government departments around the world have issued important guidance along the lines of ‘We recommend you reduce exposure to microwave (wireless) radiation’. Organisations like the Vienna Medical Association, and many others, have issued precautionary guidelines which are designed to prevent harm.
I am an employer, why is your information important to me?
Legal precedents have been set as the result of numerous court cases. From 2015 most insurance companies excluded coverage for illnesses caused by chronic exposure to radiofrequency radiation in the microwave spectrum and magnetic fields.
Therefore many Employer Liability Insurance Policies no longer provide any protection against lawsuits connected to work related illness caused by exposure. Employers can be held directly liable.
It is important to have risk control and mitigation policies in place. Our Corporate Safety Induction Course covers these in detail.
As a teacher, should I use these courses in schools?
Yes, please contact us to make arrangements to gain access to our Schools and Families course.
We have funding opportunities via our Robin Hood model, which allows a business to donate courses to a school of their choice as part of corporate responsibility.
Wireless Education courses are aligned with the latest guidance issued by the Vienna Medical Association, the Council of Europe, Building Biology Standards SBM-2015 and EUROPAEM EMF 2016
How do Wireless Education ensure that the courses are up to date and accurate?
We constantly monitor the latest published information across numerous regulatory, medical and scientific advisory forums, globally.
This complex information is then simplified into easy-to-understand concepts and uploaded into our online courses.