• 02 AUG 09
    • 0

    #1107: ICNIRP’s latest ELF guidelines in the making

    Considering that Australia’s draft ELF standards contains a three fold increase in allowable exposures, which I have argued in the past appears to be an attempt to find an accommodation with the MRI industry, it will be interesting to see what ICNIRP comes up with after their so-called consultation. For those of you who think childhood leukaemia should be an important consideration, think again, the wizards at ICNIRP, have discounted it entirely (no surprises here) To quote:

    As noted above, epidemiological studies have consistently found that everyday chronic low-intensity (above 0.3-0.4 μT) power frequency magnetic field exposure is associated with an increased risk of childhood leukemia. IARC has classified such fields as possibly carcinogenic. However, a causal relationship between magnetic fields and childhood leukemia has not been established nor have any other long term effects been established. The absence of established causality means that this effect cannot be addressed in the basic restrictions.

    Of course, as we have seen in the past, this viewpoint has been maintained with the direct influence of the power industry. See: “Conflict of Interest and Bias in Health Advisory Committees: A case study of the WHO”s EMF Task Group”, < http://www.emfacts.com/papers/who_conflict.pdf >.

    ICNIRP’s draft “consultation” document is available at < www.icnirp.org >.


    From ICNIRP:

    Guidelines on Limiting Exposure to Time-Varying Electric and Magnetic Fields (1Hz to 100 kHz)

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    ICNIRP is inviting comments on the draft “Guidelines on Limiting Exposure to Time-Varying Electric and Magnetic Fields (1Hz to 100 kHz)”.
    The consultation process is open until Sunday 31 October 2009. After consultation, all comments will be submitted to the Commission members for finalization of the draft. Information regarding the publication date will be displayed on the ICNIRP website at due time. To participate in the review, please send us your comments through our website at www.icnirp.org.

    Please note that no reply will be sent to you individually. Rather all comments will be studied and taken into account in the final draft, as appropriate.
    Thank you for your contribution !
    Best regards,
    ICNIRP Secretariat
    Karine Chabrel

    PS: Please apologize if you receive this email more than once. Also if you do not wish to receive further messages from us, please let us know.


    c/o BfS – G. Ziegelberger
    Ingolstaedter Landstr. 1
    85764 Oberschleissheim
    T +49 89 31603 – 2156 / Fax -2155

    Leave a reply →