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Mobile phones : Are the current standards protective? (revised EU standard!) + phonegate
Par Marc AraziPublié: 20 mai 2017
Publié dans: Mon action, Santé
Paris, 17 May 2017 (APMnews) – Some standards currently applied to mobile phones are not protective, according to a militant physician, Marc Arazi, who recently took legal action for the public release of the names of devices exceeding thresholds when placed against the body.
The specific absorption rate (SAR) indicates the amount of energy received by the user of a radio-electric device when it is operating at full power for several minutes. The absorption of electromagnetic fields leads to an increase in tissue temperature. In order to prevent this thermal effect, threshold values have been imposed.
In the European Union, the SAR head and SAR trunk must be less than 2 W/kg and the SAR limbs, less than 4 W/kg. The SAR head is “well-defined”. It integrates two standardized postures in contact with the ear and close to the mouth, Gilles Brégant, director of the National Frequency Agency (ANFR), told APMnews on Tuesday. The manufacturer must include this SAR head measurement in all notices about their devices. Overall, the SAR head has decreased. It is on average equal to 1 W/kg, according to the ANFR director.
Concerning the SAR trunk, up until April 2016, it was the manufacturer who chose the distance at which it was measured. This was between 0 and 2.5 cm. This value and the distance at which it has been measured are not usually included in the notices.
In its July 2016 report « Exposure to Radiofrequencies and Child Health »,
the National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) considered it “unlikely that people, especially children, are aware of the conditions of use close to the body, as defined by manufacturers”. In most cases, the notice specifies keeping the phone 15 mm from the body. Yet, the separation distance between the body and a phone placed in a shirt pocket is well below this figure, ANSES emphasized in the report.
Since 2006, ANFR has been checking the manufacturers’ claims. The agents collect about 100 phones each year at sales outlets and have them analyzed by accredited laboratories which recalculate the SAR.
In 2015, the SAR trunk of 9 out of 10 phones exceeded the limit value on contact.
The July 2016 ANSES report presented the results of the SAR trunk measurements in contact with the device, carried out by ANFR on 95 mobile phones on sale in France in 2015. 89% of the phones measured on contact by ANFR had a SAR greater than the limit value of 2 W/kg and 25%, a SAR greater than 4 W/kg. This means that, in contact with the body, the SAR trunk of 9 out of 10 phones exceeded protective values.
Since publication of these results, Marc Arazi, physician and former national coordinator of the association Priartem (For the regulation of mobile phone antennas), asked ANFR to publish the list of phones whose SAR trunk values exceeded 2 W/kg on contact.
But despite a favorable opinion from the Commission for Access to Administrative Documents (CADA), ANFR did not disclose this list. Marc Arazi tried in vain to win his case in court. On 20 April, the Administrative Tribunal of Melun rejected the militant’s request.
Gilles Brégant explained to APMnews why ANFR has not published this list.
According to the rules in force in 2015, all phones collected that year and evaluated by the agency respected the standards because they did not impose a measurement in contact with the body. “These phones respected the standard at the distance specified by the manufacturers, most often, 15 mm”, commented the director of the agency. The law does not allow disclosure of information collected as part of the monitoring activity of this agency, said Gilles Brégant. The agency could also not sanction the manufacturers because their devices complied with the standards in force.
If ANFR has chosen to measure the SAR trunk of devices on contact, this is not to better reflect the reality of their use, but “for convenience”. In order to have a “common standard”, the manufacturers sometimes delayed specificying at what distance they had measured the SAR trunk, said Gilles Brégant.
The European Commission revises the standard
For wireless communication devices held in the hand or carried close to the body, ANFR asked the European Commission in 2015 to change the maximum distance of the SAR trunk measurement from 25 mm to 5 mm. “We have taken advantage of the new directive to change the standard,” said Gilles Brégant. This European directive 2014/35/UE called RED, applicable from June 2016, will be fully incorporated in France from July, according to ANFR.
Moreover, by a decision of 5 April 2016,
the Commission acknowledged that the standard did not meet safety requirements and specified that for SAR measurements of the trunk (limit 2 W/kg), the separation distance should not exceed “a few millimeters”.
Citing this text as reference, ANFR now applies a distance of 5 mm for the SAR trunk to the devices it measures.
An unacceptable distance for Marc Arazi who pleads in favor of “protective standards” with a SAR trunk measured in contact with the body.
In its July 2016 report, ANSES recommended “ensuring in all circumstances compliance with the regulatory limit values for exposure”, regardless of the mobile transmitters and their conditions of use, especially in contact with the body.
In laatste link doorklikken naar (de Nederlandse tekst):
French Govt. knew in 2015 that 9/10 phones exceeded SAR on body contact! But didn't warn
21 mei 2017
Phonegate: French Government Data Indicates Cell Phones Expose Consumers To Radiation Levels Higher Than Manufacturers Claim
Het FCC verhaal:
Enkele gemeten SAR waarden:
Nokia Lunmia 530: contact SAR 6,57 W/kg
Apple iPhone 5: contact SAR 5,32 W/kg
En nog een waarschuwing van Apple uit 2012:
Apple warns customers to never use or carry an iPhone in your pocket
Posted on May 27, 2012
Apple has issued a safety warning in every iPhone user manual – but, they deceptively printed it in tiny print and located it in a section where no one will see it. Yep, it’s in yours! Go take a look in the section on radio frequency compliance – in the section that talks about SAR (what’s SAR?) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) required warning to never use or carry the iPhone on your body. You’ll need a magnifying glass, however as the print is so small, it is barely legible with the naked eye. Here’s a quote of what you’ll find in the user guide that came with your iPhone. (I’ve increased the font size so you can actually read it):
“SAR measurement may exceed the FCC exposure guidelines for body-worn operation if positioned less than 15 mm (5/8 inch) from the body (e.g. when carrying iPhone in your pocket). For optimal mobile device performance and to be sure that human exposure to RF energy does not exceed the FCC, IC, and European Union guidelines, always follow these instructions and precautions: When on a call using the built-in audio receiver in iPhone, hold iPhone with the dock connector pointed down toward your shoulder to increase separation from the antenna. When using iPhone near your body for voice calls or for wireless data transmission over a cellular network, keep iPhone at least 15 mm (5/8 inch) away from the body, and only use carrying cases, belt clips, or holders that do not have metal parts and that maintain at least 15 mm (5/8 inch) separation between iPhone and the body.”
The cell phone industry executives claim that cell phone radiation is not a big deal and there is no unsafe way to use a cell phone. This is what Apple and all the other manufacturers want you to believe. But, the facts tell us otherwise!
The federal government is aware of the potential dangers from cell phone radiation
All new models of cell phones – before they can legally be sold – are required to undergo testing to ensure the radiation levels don’t exceed a specified amount. However, the federal agency that oversees this testing (the FCC) allows manufacturers to “cheat” on this test by holding cell phones up to 1 inch away from the testing device so the radiation levels appear much lower. This enables manufacturers to pass the test which would be unlikely if cell phones were tested in the manner in which they are used – directly against the body in pockets and tucked into waistbands and even bras (read “Carrying cell phone in bra may cause breast cancer”).
Because of this testing “oversight”, the FCC requires that every user be warned to never carry or use a cell phone closer than this “separation distance” or risk being exposed to radiation levels that exceed the FCC safety limit. This is why the warning is in all iPhone user manuals. Apple doesn’t want you to know about this or you may discover the truth – that cell phones aren’t the safe consumer devices you have been led to believe they are.
The entire cell phone industry, for EVERY phone on the market, hides this consumer safety warning in the fine print of all user manuals where no one can see it – ( “The SAR (cell phone radiation) safety warning your cell phone’s manufacturer doesn’t want you to see”)
If you don’t want to take my word for this, then read the following article from Time Magazine that says the exact same thing:
Here’s another indisputable fact that proves cell phones are NOT the safe consumer devices the industry wants us to believe
In May, 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer convened over two dozen of the world’s top scientists who reviewed all the peer-reviewed studies published to date, including the 10-year, industry-funded, international Interphone study. Alarmed by the results, all but one of the scientists voted to classify the radiation that is emitted from cell phones as possibly cancer causing. In particular, the research showed an increased risk of malignant brain or auditory nerve tumors in those who had used a cell phone for 30 minutes a day for 10 years. This prompted the World Health Organization, on May 31, 2011 to classify the radiation emitted from cell phones as a possible carcinogen.
CTIA Wireless Association, the powerful lobbying and propaganda machine of the cell phone industry immediately contacted all major corporate media outlets with their “spin” that the World Health Organization was no longer to be trusted as a source of health information. Their scientists wrote numerous articles casting doubt on the research; and the over 300 million cell phone users in the U.S. either never got the warning or were lulled back into complacency about the possible health risks from their cell phones.
Scientific studies have also shown that cell phones carried in the pocket negatively impact fertility
Read this recent article posted by CNET: “Cell Phone Use Could Reduce Sperm Count”
Apple refuses to tell us the truth about cell phone radiation
The new CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, has been contacted and informed about the deceptively hidden radiation warning in iPhone user manuals. I urged him to simply have the warning made visible and located in a more prominent location in the user manual so it can be seen. This is about consumers having “informed consent” – so they know the potential health risks and can make their own decisions about safe ways to use their cell phones.
Mr. Cook chose to ignore my email. This Lab Rat does not give up easily; I will politely pursue Mr. Cook and attempt to convince him to have Apple do the right thing by their customers. Telling the truth and refusing to go along with the CTIA and the rest of the wireless industry’s consumer deception could go a long way to repairing some of their recent PR missteps.
Please spread the word to other iPhone users
Click on the Facebook icon at the top of this article and then send this article’s url link around to your email contacts. We can’t rely upon the industry or the media to get this message across.
I will keep you posted on Apple’s response to my continued “encouragement” to do the right thing.
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