Germany – Policy Recommendations On Cell Phones, Wireless Radiation & Health
The Federal Office for Radiation Protection (FORP) Website provides precautionary advice and tips for reducing radiation exposure to smartphones, tablets and wireless devices stating, “Since long term effects could not be sufficiently examined up to now the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) recommends to keep exposures to these fields as low as reasonably achievable.”
- “Electromagnetic Fields” FORP Website ”
- “There are uncertainties in the risk assessment that the German mobile communications research programme has not been able to remove completely. These include in particular: possible health risks of the long-term exposure of adults to high frequency electromagnetic fields when making mobile telephone calls (intensive mobile use over more than 10 years) & the question of whether the use of mobile phones by children could have an effect on health. For these reasons, the BfS continues to consider that precautionary measures are necessary: exposure to electromagnetic fields should be as low as possible.”
- “Smartphones and tablets – tips to reduce radiation exposure” Website – which recommends: “It is particularly important to minimise children’s exposure to radiation. They are still developing and could therefore react more sensitively in terms of health.”
- “Bundesamt warns schools against WLAN networks” – The FORP recommends landline phone instead of mobile phone base stations and that schools should not connect wirelessly to the internet.
- FORP Public Education Poster ”Less radiation when Telephoning”
The German Federal Ministry for Radiation Protection: Read the German Parliament 2007 document which states,”supplementary precautionary measures such as wired cable alternatives are to be preferred to the WLAN system.”
Bavaria – The State Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs
- 2007 Decision of the Bavarian Parliament – Protecting Children at School from Radiation Exposures Final Report
- “For precautionary reasons the Federal Office for Radiation Protection recommends for schools that if a wireless network is used to place its components in suitable locations and to prefer the use of wired network solutions whenever possible.” In 2007 Parliament recommendation to all schools to not install wireless LAN networks.
Frankfurt’s Schools Banish Wireless Networks
- The Local Education Authority did not wish to conduct a “large scale human experiment,” said Michael Damian, spokesperson of the Head of the School Department Jutta Ebeling. “In Frankfurt’s schools there will be no wireless networks in the short or mid term.
- Omega News Article – “WLAN is to be banished from the school sphere”
2013: Four German Federal Agencies issued a guidebook recommending reducing cell phones and Wi-Fi to young children
- “Parenting Guide: Environmental and Child Health” by the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS), the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), the Robert Koch Institute (RKI ) and the Federal Environmental Agency (UBA). It contains practical information including reducing electromagnetic radiation from baby monitors and telephones: Baby monitors should be as far as possible away from the crib. Phones should be banished from the nursery. They are not suitable toys for infants and toddlers. Use of cabled landline phones is preferable. Wi-Fi routers are are not suitable in children’s bedrooms, and should be switched off when not in use, especially at night.
- Umwelt Bundesamt News Article – “Nothing for children’s sorts: Thick air in school and home: Federal authorities publish comprehensive advice on children’s health”