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OTTAWA, ON, May 17 /CNW/ - The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) today welcomed the release of a report by a Royal Society Expert Panel on the potential health risks associated with radio-frequency fields.
The issue: After a six-month study, an Expert Panel appointed by the Royal Society of Canada has issued a report on its review of possible risk factors associated with radio-frequency fields.
Background: Last August, Health Canada asked the Royal Society of Canada to appoint an Expert Panel on potential health risks that might be associated with radio-frequency fields from telecommunications technologies, such as wireless phones, cell sites and roof-top antennas. The Panel was also asked to comment on the adequacy of Health Canada's ``Safety Code 6,'' which regulates radio-frequency exposure limits.
Safety Code 6 sets safe exposure limits for individuals working on sources of radio-frequency fields (8 hours a day) and for the general public who could be exposed for 24 hours a day. The code also outlines safety requirements for the installation and use of devices that emit radio-frequency fields.
Industry Canada regulates radio communications in Canada and authorizes the location of radiocommunication facilities. The Canadian wireless industry is required to ensure that wireless devices and equipment comply with Health Canada's Safety Code 6.
Comment: The wireless industry in Canada supports ongoing research and surveillance in the study of health and safety issues related to wireless technology. The first priority of the industry has always been the health and safety of customers, employees and the public. The wireless industry around the world has dedicated considerable resources to scientific research projects related to this issue.
The overwhelming evidence in the scientific community, as determined and published in numerous studies worldwide, supports the conclusion that exposure to radio-frequency fields at levels within guidelines set by Health Canada's Safety Code 6 will not result in any public health risk. While these findings have been confirmed by today's release of the Expert Panel's report, the wireless industry will continue to support research and long term studies that are peer-reviewed by credible, independent organizations. Many of these studies are currently underway.
The science related to the effects of radio-frequency fields is very complex and can seem confusing. The Canadian wireless industry recognizes that more public information and communication is needed as new wireless technologies emerge.
To provide the public with accurate and current information on the health and safety of wireless technologies, the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association is providing funding and other assistance for the creation of a Wireless Information Resource Centre (WIRC). Scheduled to be launched this summer, the resource centre will assemble information and research focussed on health issues relating to wireless phones, base station antennas and other wireless technologies. Once established, the Centre will operate autonomously and provide impartial and objective information on health questions. WIRC will be operated and maintained by an independent staff of scientific experts and researchers, and supported by a group responsible for the technical aspects of the site. Points: 1. The health and safety of our customers and the public in general is, and always has been, of utmost concern to the Canadian wireless telecommunications industry. - We recognize that new technologies, complex science and misinterpretation can create confusion. We hope that today's release of findings by the Expert Panel will alleviate concerns and reassure the public that there is no scientifically accepted evidence of a public health risk related to the use of wireless technology under Health Canada guidelines.
2. Current evidence from the international scientific community supports the conclusion that there is not a public health risk from exposure to radio-frequency fields under current safety guidelines. - The findings by the expert panel reaffirm the opinion of the international scientific community that there is no public health risk associated with normal wireless phone usage. - The Expert Panel made two very important comments on the current status of science pertaining to RF. First, that there is no scientifically accepted evidence of a public health risk. Second, that Safety Code 6, which provides the guidelines for the installation and use of wireless technologies, is appropriate. - The wireless industry rigorously follows the guidelines of Safety Code 6. Safety Code 6 is one of the most stringent safety guidelines in the world. Canadian wireless carriers operate at levels within guidelines.
3. The Canadian wireless industry thoroughly endorses continued independent, third-party research conducted with scientific rigor and an open process in the study of health and safety issues. - The wireless industry was consulted before Health Canada's decision to refer this issue to the Royal Society. We applauded and supported their decision to do so and we continue to endorse the recommendations of the Expert Panel for ongoing review of research and long term study of potential health effects. - The wireless industry strongly recommends that scientific research be conducted in the context of and in coordination with research being done around the world.
4. The Canadian wireless industry is committed to providing the public with accurate, timely information about the safety of its operations and continues to dedicate resources to support research. - The Canadian wireless industry has announced the creation of a Wireless Information Resource Centre (WIRC) which will provide the public with accurate, objective and timely information on health and safety. The resource centre will consist primarily of a web site maintained by an independent group of scientific experts and researchers. WIRC will be a library where people can access information on research already completed and underway. It will also make available fact sheets on health issues, frequently asked questions and provide links to other resources on wireless health and safety. - In the summer of 1998, the Canadian wireless industry committed resources to an independent review of wireless telecommunications and health. The report, principally authored by Dr. Brian Habbick, stated (page 38) that ``all scientific expert panels to date have concluded there is no evidence that personal use of a hand-held mobile phone, when used according to safety guidelines, causes cancer or any other adverse health effect.'' The report, entitled Wireless Telecommunications and Health, is available on CWTA's web site www.cwta.ca. - The wireless industry around the world continues to support major international research including a five-year study by the United Nations World Health Organization.
The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) is the voice of the wireless telecommunications industry in Canada. Its members include cellular, PCS, paging, mobile radio, LMCS and mobile satellite carriers, together with trade organizations that provide equipment and services to the industry.
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