UK: Engelse politiefunctionarissen wijten gezondheidsklachten aan TETRA (Upd. + corr.)

dinsdag, 05 januari 2010 - Categorie: Berichten Internationaal

Oorspronkelijk geplaatst 2 jan 2010
Update met wijziging 5 jan 2010

UK: Engelse politiefunctionarissen wijten gezondheidsklachten aan TETRA.
zaterdag, 02 januari 2010 - Dossier: Internationale berichten

In Engeland werd 9 jaar geleden in het district Lancashire als eerste district door de politie het TETRA systeem ingevoerd. TETRA het systeem in Engeland voor onder andere de hulpdiensten. In Nederland gebruikt men C2000, wat in feite een uitbreiding is van het TETRA systeem. Qua zendtechniek en hoeveelheid straling is C2000 gelijk aan TETRA. Nu zijn er al 176 klachten over de gezondheid door politiemensen die met de apparatuur werken. De klachten lopen uiteen van hoofdpijn en maagpijn tot duizeligheid en huidklachten. In haar begroting houdt de politie al rekening met toekomstige claims van slachtoffers en hoge politiefunctionarissen winnen juridisch advies in over het aanklagen van de dienst.

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Bron: The Telegraph 2 jan 2010

Police officers sue force over 'radio injuries'

Police officers are preparing to sue their own force over a series of illnesses they claim were caused by the radio system they use while out on patrol.

Auteur: Nigel Bunyan

The Lancashire Constabulary was the first in Britain to try out the Airwave network, designed specifically to hive longer range and more capcacity to the emergency services and the military.

Nine years after its introduction scores of officers are claiming that radiation emissions from the system have caused them to suffer such ailments as nausea, headaches, stomach pains and skin rashes.

They have already made budget changes to allow for “a contingent liability in respect of Airwave liability claims”.

Critics of the system say its suppliers – Motorola, who provide the handsets, and O2, who control the network – have made changes to prevent “audio anomalies”.

However, the Health and Safety Executive has investigated the controversy and declared that there is no link between the radio technology and the reported ailments.

Lancashire officers began to pilot the system in 2001. Since then the Government has spent £2.9 billion on introducing the system to all 53 forces in England, Scotland and Wales.

John O’Reilly, chairman of the Lancashire Police Federation, said: “When we first got it there were all sorts of problems, including breakdowns in communication and certain parts of the county being unreachable.

“But then most or all of the problems were ironed out over a period of time by improved technology.”

A spokesman for Lancashire Police Authority said: “We have received a number of liability claims for injury allegedly resulting from the use of the Constabulary’s mobile communications equipment.

“This is an ongoing matter and the outcomes from the claims are not yet known.”

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