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EME Update September 2012


Welcome to the September 2012 edition of EME Update the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association’s newsletter on global scientific research, news and views on health and safety aspects of mobile telecommunications.


Chris Althaus, Chief Executive Officer, AMTA. 

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Cancer council quells Dr Teo’s mobile phone brain cancer panic

Australians should not unnecessarily panic about mobile phones causing brain cancer, the NSW Cancer Council has said in response to claims of a spike in brain tumour cases by well-known Australian brain surgeon Dr Charlie Teo.
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Australian electromagnetic radiation research boost

Federal Minister for Health, the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, has announced funding for a $2.5 million Australian Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research at the University Of Wollongong (UOW) to look into the possible health impacts of mobile phones.
SAR test

International safety standards unlikely to change, Australian EMF conference told

International safety guidelines have remained unchanged for 15 years even after millions of dollars has been spent by governments and health authorities on thousands of studies into the effects of electromagnetic frequencies on health, and current safety standards will remain in place with little change, former head of the WHO’s EMF (Electro-Magnetic Fields) project has told a conference in Brisbane.

Survey finds few Australians aware of maximum handset radiation values

Australians have a high level of knowledge about how they can reduce their exposure to mobile signals if they have health concerns, according to a new international study, which also found a low-level of awareness about maximum handset radiation values known as the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR).

Ten year review of mobile phone safety standard underway

The safety standard for exposure to radio frequency emissions from mobile phone technologies will be reviewed this year, as part of its normal review process, the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) told a senate committee considering a proposed law to review the standard every five years.
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IARC classification unjustified, confusing and ambiguous says German radiation authority

The German radiation authority disagrees with the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s classification of mobile phones as a possible human carcinogen and have developed a classification system they say is less confusing for the public.

Mobile phone ‘shields’ are unnecessary and their effectiveness is unproven

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) agrees with health authorities and regulators around the world that devices designed to ‘shield’ mobile phone users are unnecessary and their effectiveness in reducing exposure in everyday use is unproven.

Spike in pedestrian accidents linked to mobile phone distraction

Reports of a rise in the number of pedestrians being killed on Australian roads in 2012 has prompted warnings from police and safety experts for pedestrians to pay attention to their surroundings when using mobile phones and wearing headphones.
Pedestrian distraction

US watchdog calls for review of safety standards

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended legislators update radiation exposure limits for cell phones, but has also indicated the emission limits might be increased rather than reduced to match worldwide standards. However, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is already considering an order to review the safety standards.

Mobile phone and base station signals do not affect sleep says latest research

Scientists have found no link between sleep quality and exposure to mobile and cordless phones or exposures from nearby mobile phone masts after studying a group of residents in Basel in northwest Switzerland for 12 months. This has also been confirmed by a recent Australian study which also raised concerns about the reliability of this type of research.

Hands-free mobile driving ban unenforceable and dangerous

A recommendation to encourage organisations to ban hands-free mobile phone use while driving in an attempt to reduce the South Australian road toll is unenforceable and would lead drivers to take added risks in order to hide their phone use, according to AMTA CEO Chris Althaus.
Driving handsfree

Mobiles don’t affect heart rate or respiration of people claiming to be sensitive to their signals

The heart and respiration rates of 10 people who believe they are sensitive to mobile phone radiation were not affected when exposed to a smart phone signal for more than half an hour, a South Korean study has found.

In Brief

  • Mid-air iPhone fire caused by botched repair job
  • ICNIRP appoint new chairman after Vecchia moves on after 12 year term
  • Qantas pilots to use iPads in-flight but not passengers

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