Actor writes to who on its draft report on radiation risks

  • Poorvi Kulkarni, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Dec 18, 2014 00:15 IST

On behalf of city’s citizen groups, actor Juhi Chawla has written to the World Health Organization (WHO) in response to a draft report that it released on electromagnetic fields (EMF) and public health in October.

Chawla has urged the WHO to consider the Bio Initiative Report 2012 and the German Building Biology Evaluation Guidelines for Sleeping Areas, which have linked health hazards to EMF radiation, for review before finalising its study.

The WHO is in the process of preparing a monograph on environmental health criteria vis-à-vis radiofrequency fields. A draft report in this regard has been uploaded on the WHO website. Suggestions from experts and public were invited till December 15.

On December 12, Chawla and anti-radiation campaigner Prakash Munshi sent an independent letter to the WHO and cited that the procedure and format that it had given out to post comments were complex and time-consuming.

“Many countries, citizen groups, research organisations and medical professionals have serious doubts on the links between WHO, International Commission for Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and the (telecom) industry, thus doubting the credibility of such a study,” stated the letter.

The study initiated by WHO will examine different sources of radio frequency exposure such as mobile phone base stations, mobile phone handsets, cordless phones, radio and television broadcasting, Bluetooth earpieces, microwave ovens, among others. Effects on fertility, reproduction, child development, brain physiology and neuroendocrine system will be assessed.

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