Switzerland – Policy Recommendations On Cell Phones, Wireless Radiation & Health

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The Switzerland Federal Office for the Environment  Webpage Informs Public on EMF

  • “Mobile as an electrosmog source”
  • “How strong is mobile radiation?”  – Webpage that contains a PDF of tips for mobile phone use from the Federal Office of Public Health and which states “caution should be exercised primarily when using devices held close to the body, such as laptops, PDAs and Internet telephones..” and gives recommendations  on how to reduce exposure including turning the Wi-Fi off when not in use, installing the access point one metre away from places where you work, sit or rest for long periods of time  and keeping laptops off laps.
  • Publications on Electrosmog in the environment – Precautionary protection provided by the installation limit values is limited to locations where people regularly spend lengthy periods of time. Here, long-term exposure shall be kept as low as possible. Places of sensitive use include apart- ments, schools, hospitals, offices and playgrounds, but do not include balconies and roof terraces, stairways, garages, storage and archive rooms, temporary workplaces, churches, concert halls and theatres, camp sites, sports and leisure-time facilities, passenger areas in railways, observation decks.
  • 2015 Environmental Report – Chapter 17 on Electrosmog states “Effects can also be detected for weak radiation intensity. For example, weak high-frequency radiation can alter electric brain activity and influence brain metabolism and blood flow. Whether these effects have an impact on health is still unclear”  and recommends the precautionary principle to reduce risk “Because major gaps still exist in our knowledge about the health impacts of long-term exposure to weak non-ionising radiation, the adopted protective strategy should be pursued consistently.”
  • 2012 Radiation of radio transmitters and Health  – “In view of the fact that there are gaps in the available data, the absence of proof of health risks does not automatically also mean proof of their absence. From the scientific point of view, a cautious approach in dealing with non-ionising radiation is still called for. There remains a need for extensive research into the potential long-term effects”

2017 The Child and Youth Health Service of Geneva Switzerland Statement on the Health Risks of Use of Digital Technology

  • July 2017, the Child and Youth Service of the Department of Public Instruction of Geneva issued a letter on the risks of digital technology to health to be transmitted to all teachers at the start of the school year. The letter  reminds us that screens also affect sleep and eyesight, and favor the development of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. The letter mentions electromagnetic radiation in the context of cancer risk and the precautionary recommendations by the Federal Office for Public Health regarding use of Wi-Fi- WLAN.
  • The letter includes the recommendations to  “Only switch your WLAN on when you need it. With laptops, in particular, it is a good idea to switch the WLAN off as otherwise the device will repeatedly try to connect to a network, leading to unnecessary radiation and a shorter battery life” and “Don’t hold your laptop close to your body while it is connected to a WLAN.”
  • Read the translated letter here.


Swiss government has an expert group on electromagnetic fields and non-ionising radiation (BERENIS)

  • In Switzerland, the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) is the responsible government body for monitoring and assessing research on health effects of non-ionising radiation (NIR) from stationary sources in the environment. The FOEN has nominated BERENIS – Swiss expert group on electromagnetic fields and non-ionising radiation- a consultative group of Swiss experts from various disciplines with scientific expertise regarding electromagnetic fields. The BERENIS experts regularly screen the scientific literature, and assess the publications which they consider relevant for the protection of humans from potentially adverse effects. Regular BERENIS  Newsletter and Scientific Updates

2008 – The Governing Council of Thurgau Canton Recommends Hard-Wired Schools  

Swiss Physicians Association of Doctors for Environmental Protection

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