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Myths about mobile phone radiation safety limits busted by Health Canada


Health CanadaCanadians concerned about exposure from mobile phone and base station signals have been reassured by the national health authority that the current safety limits protect all people.

 
Responding to some common myths in a new fact sheet about Safety Code 6 – the Canadian standard which recommends limits for safe human exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic energy (RF EME) – Health Canada said the large safety margins inherent in the limits ensured all Canadians were still protected.
 
“Health Canada reminds all Canadians that their health is protected from RF fields by the human exposure limits recommended in Safety Code 6,” Health Canada said in the new fact sheet Busting Myths on Safety Code 6.
 
“The limits established in Safety Code 6 incorporate large safety margins to provide a significant level of protection for all Canadians, including those working near RF sources.”
 
 “To ensure that it continues to provide protection against all known adverse human health effects of RF fields, Safety Code 6 is reviewed on a regular basis.”
 
The results of a year-long review of the safety standards by an independent expert panel assembled by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), were published on April 1 2014.
 
The Canadian health authority’s myth busting fact sheet also responded to concerns that the safety standards might not protect people who are constantly exposed to multiple wireless devices or that children require more protection.
 
“The Safety Code 6 limits for human exposure to RF energy are designed to provide protection for all age groups, including children, on a continuous (24 hours a day/seven days a week) basis,” the fact sheet said.
 
“This means that if someone, including a small child, were to be exposed to RF energy from multiple sources for 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, within the Safety Code 6 limits, there would be no adverse health effects.”
 
Claims the safety standards consider only the heating effects of wireless signals are also incorrect, the health authority said.
 
“When developing the exposure limits in Safety Code 6, Health Canada scientists consider all peer-reviewed scientific studies (which includes thermal, non-thermal and biological effects) and employ a weight-of-evidence approach.”
 
Canada’s standard is fundamentally consistent with the science-based limits recommended by the World Health Organization, which have been adopted by the majority of countries around the world, including the United States, the European Union, Japan and Australia.
 
Health Canada said there is no scientific evidence to support the decisions of a few other countries and jurisdictions which had set safety limits up to 100 times lower than the international guidelines.

 

Published 9/04/2014

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