EMF Standards Explained - L1
Standards are part of everyday life in today’s society but many people don’t even realise they exist. The homes we live in, the cars we drive and appliances we use are all built to standards so they work correctly and are safe to use.
Decades of research into EMF and health has produced a large body of scientific literature which national and international standards organisations can review to establish safe exposure limits.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has formally recognised the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) to develop the international EMF exposure guidelines.
The WHO advises,
“the international EMF safety guidelines from ICNIRP were developed following reviews of all the peer-reviewed scientific literature, including thermal and non-thermal effects. The standards are based on evaluations of biological effects that have been established to have health consequences.”
WHO Web site http://www.who.int/peh-emf/standards/en/
The ICNIRP guidelines were published in 1998. They form the basis of WHO and International Telecommunications Union (ITU) recommendations to governments and have been widely adopted around the world.
In 2009 and 2010, ICNIRP reaffirmed the EMF safety guidelines following a review of national and international EMF research and published scientific literature including the INTERPHONE study on mobile phone use and brain cancer risk.
The EMF exposure guidelines are based on careful analysis of the scientific literature and are designed to offer protection for all ages including children against identified health effects of EMF with a large in-built safety margin.