A Safety Standard is a problematic term. Safety standard are set by a committee of experts who tried to validate how much radiation is safe and how much is not safe. In the process of setting the standard many aspects, other then safety or health, are taking into consideration. For example: financial, technical and political. Sometimes when you can not technically meet the standard, or meeting it will result in financial cost, the standard is gently shifted to please everyone and to save money. The international standards for low (used to be 1000 milliGauss, since 2005 it is 2000mG) and high frequency(1000-400 micro watts square centimeter) electromagnetic radiation are very high. Both takes into account only the immediate, obvious and permanent damage to the body and does not take into account any long-term or biological effects. Some companies and organizations will use these outrageous high so called "safety standards", without explanation of the true essence of it and its limitations.
ICNIRP(The committee that set the standards) takes IEEE standards, approve them for humans, and recommend them to the WHO's EMF study group(EMF Project). The EMF Study group, approve these standards and give them an "international" validity. Then the WHO's EMF study group(EMF Project) introduce the standards as recommendation to countries around the world. Most Countries that embrace the WHO standards for EMF exposure of humans.
"BASIS FOR LIMITING EXPOSURE - Only short term effect is covered!!!
These guidelines for limiting exposure have been developed following a thorough review of all published scientific literature. The criteria applied in the course of the review were designed to evaluate the credibility of the various reported findings (Repacholi and Stolwijk 1991; Repacholi and Cardis 1997); only established effects were used as the basis for the proposed exposure restrictions. Induction of cancer from long-term EMF exposure was not considered to be established, and so these guidelines are based on short-term, immediate health effects such as stimulation of peripheral nerves and muscles, shocks and burns caused by touching conducting objects, and elevated tissue temperatures resulting from absorption of energy during exposure to EMF. In the case of potential long-term effects of exposure, such as an increased risk of cancer, ICNIRP concluded that available data are insufficient to provide a basis for setting exposure restrictions, although epidemiological research has provided suggestive, but unconvincing, evidence of an association between possible carcinogenic effects and exposure at levels of 50/60 Hz magnetic flux densities substantially lower than those recommended in these guidelines.
From the "ICNIRP STATEMENT"
"People being protected" - Some people will not be protected by ICNIRP's standards
“Some guidelines may still not provide adequate protection for certain sensitive individuals nor for normal individuals exposed concomitantly to other agents….”
What good is this "safety standard" if a person is exposed to radiation levels lower than the safety standard, for several hours a day, every day for several years?
What good is this "safety standard" if an Electromagnetic hyper sensitive person exposure to "safe" radiation levels causes him headaches, diabetes, neurological problems, epileptic seizures, chronic fatigue and trouble ills?
What good is this "safety standard" if for a person that was exposed to radiation levels lower than the "safety standard" but still got cancer from this radiation?
What good is this "safety standard" if some studies showed damage to living cells at radiation levels 1000 times lower than the standard safe level?
There is one case in which the standard is always good. It is very good and easy to use the "safety standard" as an excuse. Once in a while companies and manufactures of services and equipment that emit electromagnetic radiation (antenna, cell phone, cordless phone, high-voltage line, transformer and electric company) use it to show that their products are safe, or in order to dismiss claims of damages to victims. For example, there are several factors that consider the very high safety standard of 1000 milliGauss (for low frequency electromagnetic radiation) as the only mandatory standard. The IEC (Israeli electric company) refers to this number as the only mandatory standard. Even if you submit them with test results showing radiation levels of 20 milliGauss , which comes from their facility, the IEC will argue that all is well according to the "safety standard". We all know that even a short stay of half an hour, the radiation level of 20 milliGauss, is not recommended.
ICNIRP RF SAFETY STANDARD - is it really safe?
The WHO published a map of safety standards in different countries across the world. The map does not always work and you need to enter each state to read about the different standards. Most the countries in the world are working according to the ICNIRP or FCC thermal so called safety standards. Some countries, especially old "east block" countries and Europeans countries have lower standards.
Please notice that my recommendation have no legal validity and they are much more drastic than most other standards or recommendation. Since there is still no consensus about RF and ELF radiation health effect you need to determine, according to your understanding of the risk, the levels that you would like to follow.
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