Worldwide policies and guidelines have been instituted in government, health and school agencies to reduce exposure to electromagnetic wireless radiation used in communications. This has been due to the increasing and compelling research on the  physical as well as psychosocial health effects from the use of wireless digital technology. The Environmental Health Trust has complied an international list of policies at  EHTrust.org  which are regularly updated. EH Trust International Precautionary Policies and Actions on Wireless Radiation  Exposure Reduction

France 2018:  Mobile phones will be banned in schools and colleges from the start of the 2018 school year according to the Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer.  Cell phones were previously banned just from classrooms and this will now be a full ban. Google will translate these articles.  ” No More mobile phones in schools and colleges in the autumn of 2018,” says Jean-Michel Blanquer The World Oct 12, 2017.   Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition  has issued 6 Good Behaviors Advice for students 6 Good Cell Phone Behaviors-FRANCE

Cyprus, Greece, January 2017: The Ministry of Education and Culture issued a special encyclical banning and/or limiting WiFi networking in public kindergartens and primary schools. “Technology Harming Our Children” MP says  Annual Report Cyprus National Committee on Environment and Children’s Health

 EUROPAEM EMF Guideline 2016 for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of EMF-related health problems and illnesses gives an “overview of the current knowledge regarding EMF-related health risks and provides recommendations for the diagnosis, treatment and accessibility measures of EHS to improve and restore individual health outcomes as well as for the development of strategies for preventionEMF Guidelines  

Report of the Standing Committee on Health,House of Commons in the Canadian Parliament (June 2015): Radiofrequency electromagnetic Radiation and the Health of Canadians. Research and testimony was submitted at public hearings looking at safe human exposure to radio frequency (RF) radiation. Several recommendations were made by the standing committee. These included:

  • funding research on EMR and electro-sensitivity
  • developing an awareness campaign relating to the safe use of wireless technology such as cell phones and Wi-Fi both in the home and at school
  • consider marketing policy for advertising to children under 14.  Canadian Report EMR 2015

France: Law on Public Exposure to Electromagnetic Waves Adopted.  Feb 5, 2015. The French National Library along with other libraries in Paris, and a number of universities had already removed all wi-fi networks. The current law includes the following:

  • a prohibition on Wi-Fi installations in nursery schools,
  • Wi-Fi turned off in schools when not in use
  • yearly evaluations of EMR in public places to be available to citizens
  • Wi-Fi hotspots to be labeled
  • advertisements must recommend headsets
  • annual electro-hypersensitivity report updated annually
  • requires the National Agency for Health Food, Environmental and Work Safety to evaluate the risks and consequences of exposure to EMR
  • asks that cell towers be turned to as low a power as possible to function. France Law EMR 2015  or  French government bans Wi-Fi in schools

Ashland Massachusetts Public Schools in 2015 developed a policy to reduce Wi-Fi in schools. A “best practices” policy is posted in every room.  Ashland Public Schools Best Practices to Limit Wi-Fi

The Austrian Medical Association recommendations to the public in 2012 to use wired internet connections instead of Wi Fi as well as how to identify, diagnose and treat electrosensitivity.  Guideline of the Austrian Medical Association for the diagnosis and treatment of EMF- related health problems and illnesses (EMF syndrome)

In  2011 the WHO/ International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) listed radio frequency electromagnetic radiation  as a Class 2B carcinogen.  A team of 31 scientists from 14 countries made the decision after reviewing scientific data on non-ionizing microwave  radiation and its association with brain tumors. IARC Classification RF EMR Class 2b Carcinogen

The 2011 European Parliament Resolution 1815: The potential dangers of electromagnetic fields and their effect on the environment. The goals listed include setting preventable thresholds for long term exposure, raising awareness throughout the community, and protecting “early warning” scientists. European Parliament 2011

European Environmental Agency(EEA) Report 2007. Professor  McGlade. Radiation from everyday devices assessed. A new report raising concerns about the effects of electromagnetic fields (EMF) on human health calls for tougher safety standards to regulate radiation from mobile phones, power lines and many other sources of exposure in daily life. Radiation risk from everyday devices

“There are many examples of the failure to use the precautionary principle in the past, which have resulted in serious and often irreversible damage to health and environments. Appropriate, precautionary and proportionate actions taken now to avoid plausible and potentially serious threats to health from EMF are likely to be seen as prudent and wise from future perspectives. We must remember that precaution is one of the principles of EU environmental policy,” states Professor Jacqueline McGlade,

European Environmental Agency(EEA) Report 2000. Late Lesssons from Early Warnings. The Precautionary Principle 1896-2000. Environmental  issue report No 22. European Environmental Agency(EEA) Report 2000. Late Lessons. Late Lessons Early Warnings

Israel Health Ministry Calls for Parents to Limit Kid’s use of cell phones. July 27, 2008. Israel Health Ministry calls for limiting cell phone use

India bans advertisements of  pregnant women and children in mobile phone ads or near cell antennae. June 2008. India bans cell phone advertisements

For a full list of updated resolutions you can visit Environmental Health Trust Database of Worldwide Policy on Wireless Technology.EHTrust International Policies on EMR

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