Als Mike Repacholi sich 2001 sauber verschätzte (Allgemein)

H. Lamarr @, München, Donnerstag, 07.01.2016, 18:07 (vor 2583 Tagen)

Unter dem Titel Health risks from the use of mobile phones (PDF) veröffentlichte Mike Repacholi 2001 einen Fachartikel in der Zeitschrift Toxicology Letters.

Repacholi war damals Leiter des EMF-Projekts der WHO, gab Entwarnung gegenüber Mobilfunk-Basisstationen und Endgeräten, räumte zugleich jedoch ein paar Wissenslücken ein, die es zu schließen gäbe: "Die erforderliche Forschung wird noch etwa drei bis vier Jahre in Anspruch nehmen, um zu endgültigen Ergebnissen über jedwedes Risiko von Hochfrequenzimmission zu kommen."

Da hat sich Mike ordentlich verschätzt, inzwischen ist 2016 angebrochen und noch immer sind Restrisiken nicht vollständig erforscht.

Folgender Auszug aus dem Aufsatz von Repacholi zeigt, welche Vorsorgeempfehlungen die WHO 2001 auf dem Schirm hatte.

A WHO fact sheet updating conclusions and recommendations regarding health effects from mobile phone use and exposure to base stations was published in June 2000 (WHO, 2000). It states that: none of the recent reviews have concluded that exposure to the RF fields from mobile phones or their base stations causes any adverse health consequence. However, there are gaps in knowledge that have been identified for further research to better assess health risks. It will take about 3-4 years for the required RF research to be completed, evaluated and to publish the final results of any health risks. In the meantime, WHO recommends the following.

  • Strict adherence to health-based guidelines. International guidelines have been developed to protect everyone in the population: mobile phone users, those who work near or live around base stations, as well as people who do not use mobile phones.
  • Precautionary measures
    Government. If regulatory authorities have adopted health-based guidelines but, because of public concerns, would like to introduce additional precautionary measures to reduce exposure to RF fields, they should not undermine the science base of the guidelines by incorporating arbitrary additional safety factors into the exposure limits. Precautionary measures should be introduced as a separate policy that encourages, through voluntary means, the reduction of RF fields by equipment manufacturers and the public. Details of such measures are given in a separate fact sheet.
    Individuals. Present scientific information does not indicate the need for any special precautions for use of mobile phones. If individuals are concerned, they might choose to limit their own or their childrens' RF exposure by limiting the length of calls, or using 'hands-free' devices to keep mobile phones away from the head and body.
  • Obey local restrictions on mobile phone use to avoid EMF interference. Mobile phones may interfere with certain electromedical devices, such as cardiac pacemakers and hearing aids.
    In hospital intensive care departments, mobile phone use can be a danger to patients and should not be used in these areas. Similarly, mobile phones should not be used in aircraft as they may interfere with its navigation systems.
  • Driving safety. In moving vehicles, there is a well established increase in the risk of traffic accidents while the driver is using a mobile phone, either a conventional handset or one fitted with a 'hands free' device. Motorists should be strongly discouraged from using mobile phones while driving.
  • Simple protective measures. Fences or barriers or other protective measures are needed for some base stations (principally, those located on building rooftops) to preclude unauthorised access to areas where exposure limits may be exceeded.
  • RF absorbing devices. Scientific evidence does not indicate any need for RF-absorbing covers or other 'absorbing devices' on mobile phones.
    They cannot be justified on health grounds and the effectiveness of many such devices in reducing RF exposure is unproven.
  • Consultations with the community in siting base stations. Base station sites must offer good signal coverage and be accessible for maintenance. While RF field levels around base stations are not considered a health risk, siting decisions should take into account aesthetics and public sensibilities. Siting base stations near kindergartens, schools and playgrounds may need special consideration. Open communication and discussion between the mobile phone operator, local council and the public during the planning stages for a new antenna can help create public understanding and greater acceptance of a new facility.
  • Providing information. An effective system of health information and communications among scientists, governments, industry and the public is needed to raise the level of general understanding about mobile phone technology and reduce any mistrust and fears, both real and perceived. This information should be accurate, and at the same time be appropriate in M.H. Repacholi : Toxicology Letters 120 (2001) 323-331 331 its level of discussion and understandable to the intended audience.

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