Health Canada Seeks Public Input on Wireless Radiation

by Istvan Fekete on May 20, 2014

Canadians can comment on proposed updated guidelines governing safe exposure to radio-frequency (RF) waves emitted by cellphones and other electronic devices. The commenting option is part of Health Canada’s public consultation process. This is the first time Safety Codes have been open to for public consultation.

The revised guidelines, dubbed as Safety Code 6, can be viewed online on Health Canada’s website, and Canadians can comment until July 15. According to the government’s announcement, Health Canada will consider comments related to the scientific and technical aspect of Safety Code 6 in the development of the final revised version of the guidelines, which will be published sometime this fall.

Comments will not be visible to the public – there is no comments section – instead, Health Canada has provided a special email address. Those interested in adding their opinion and influencing the code can send an email to: safetycode6codedesecurite6@hc-sc.gc.ca.

The public consultation comes after the Royal Society of Canada expert panel published a report last month on Safety Code 6, which aims to protect the health of workers and the general public of all age groups.

Although the panel concluded that there is no need for additional precautionary measures, the members said Health Canada should pursue research aimed at determining if there is a link between exposure to RF waves from ubiquitous wireless devices, and cases of cancer.

This is an important issue, as according to Paul Demers, director of Toronto’s Occupational Cancer Research Centre and chairman of the panel, studies analyzing the matter have had inconsistent results.

On the other hand, the non-profit group Canadian for Safe Technology pointed to studies emphasizing the dangers of exposure to unsafe levels of RF radiation.
The updated Safety Code 6 contains more restrictive RF exposure limits than those in the current (2009) version.

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