What is a “safe” EMF level?

The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection or ICNIRP is an independent organisation that provides scientific advice and guidance on health and environmental effects of non-ionising radiation.

In the UK, as well as many other countries, the ICNIRP guidelines are followed, but there are no legally enforceable exposure limits.  Note, that from 2016, the occupational exposure limits will be legally enforceable.

ICNIRP guidelines are based on acute tissue heating effect after only a 6-minute exposure on typical “army recruits”.  Schwan in 1953, first introduced this method, in order to provide a margin of safety for industrial workers exposed to RF/EM fields.  Unfortunately, industry and ICNIRP still follow the same test methodology today!

ICNIRP guidelines have been widely criticised for rejecting evidence of adverse health effects at sub-thermal or biological levels.  There is no consideration for biological/cellular/DNA, cumulative (from multiple sources), no long-term and no pulsing effects, and there is no consideration for an “average” male, woman, child, elder, pregnant or unwell person.

The 650 page Bio-initiative report contains over 2000 scientific and medical references and is compiled by 29 experts from 10 countries on the biological effects at very low EMF levels.  The latest count is over 20,000 studies on the effects of EMFs!

Baubiologie Institute in Germany promotes a healthy, ecologically and socially responsible living environment and their EMF levels are considerably lower than ICNIRP’s.

EMF Solutions use the Baubiologie Institute EMG guidelines when surveying properties.

Powerwatch UK has a useful page on converting RF units.

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