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28 February 2015

Electro-Sensitivity and Disability Discrimination: Open letter

Below is a disability letter from the Electrosensitivity UK website -  www.es.uk-info, which you can print off and give to anyone who is acting in a discriminatory manner towards you, or who is failing to provide reasonable accommodation to prevent you from experiencing symptoms linked to EMR exposure.  A .pdf version is available, and this letter may also be of use to EHS sufferers in other countries.www.es.uk-info

OPEN LETTER

Electro-Sensitivity and Disability Discrimination (Equality Act, 2010)

December 2014

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to support the person who has given you this letter. This person suffers from Electro-sensitivity, a condition adversely affecting the body’s biological systems. This can make the person disabled by electro-magnetic pollution.

The following background information may be helpful.
a. The Word Health Organisation recognises the symptoms of Electro-sensitivity as ‘real’. The symptoms include: severe headaches, heart palpitations, nausea, dizziness, pains in limbs, memory loss, tinnitus, etc.
b. The condition was first described in the medical literature in the 1930s when radio, radar and electrical appliances became common. It is also known as Microwave Illness, Radio Wave Sickness, or Ideopathic Environmental Intolerance attributed to Electro-Magnetic Fields.
c. The Word Health Organisation also recognises that symptoms of Electrosensitivity can be ‘disabling’. The condition can have a substantially disabling effect on the normal day-to-day life of the person affected.
d. Some countries specifically recognise the condition of Electro-sensitivity as a disabling functional impairment. In most countries, however, it is covered by the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ratified by the UK government in 2009, and subsequent disability legislation.
e. In the United Kingdom functional impairment or disability caused by Electrosensitivity comes under the Equality Act of 2010. This requires equal access and opportunities for disabled and other people.
f. Even if a diagnosis is based on the unsubstantiated hypothesis that the condition of Electro-sensitivity is caused by a psychological fear, the disabling effects of this condition still come under the Equality Act of 2010.
g. The European Commission Directive 2013/35/EU now requires employers to report electrosensitivity symptoms caused by electromagnetic exposure.

Provisions or ‘reasonable adjustments’, made by schools, hospitals, employers, public places and transport, for people disabled by Electro-sensitivity include: (i) Switching off WiFi in the area where the person concerned works or visits, and using a wired network instead;

Trustees: Michael Bevington, Sarah Dacre, Brian Stein CBE, Dr Andrew Tresidder, Phil Watts
Medical Advisers: Dr Stephen Brooke, Dr Dietrich Klinghardt, Dr Erica Mallery-Blythe

Scientific Advisers: Dr Andrew Goldsworthy, Dr Magda Havas, Professor Denis Henshaw, Professor Olle Johansson

Banning the use of mobile phones and iPads or other wireless devices in the area where the person concerned works or visits;
Shielding a classroom or office from nearby mobile phone masts by using protective paint and netting.

Where provisions such as these are impossible, as sometimes in a dentist’s or optician’s premises, the dentist or optician may visit the disabled person in their home or in a mutually agreed location which has less electro-magnetic pollution.

Law-courts and tribunals around the world, including the UK, increasingly award financial compensation for people functionally disabled by Electrosensitivity. Such cases are for unlawful discrimination against people disadvantaged by being unable to continue or start their employment or education because of a disabling environment caused by high levels of electro-magnetic pollution, and where failure to make reasonable adjustments is seen as discriminatory treatment.

As a charity we try, if possible, to work with schools, employers and providers of public facilities like shops, libraries and transport, to enable people with this particular disability to lead full and fulfilling lives like other members of society, without discrimination and as required under the Equality Act. We can be contacted through the charity’s helpline (0845 643 9748: recorded message for call-back) or by email to enquirers@es-uk.info. Along with employment issues, we are concerned that children disabled by Electro-sensitivity have full access to a normal school education, and ill or elderly people have access to doctors’ surgeries and hospitals.

Yours faithfully,

Michael Bevington
Chair of Trustees, ElectroSensitivity UK

NOTES
Studies show that the number of people with moderate Electro-sensitivity is 3.13.8% of the general population. In comparison, the proportion of children in the UK suffering from nut or anaphylactic allergies is 1.3-1.8%.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe voted in 2011 for governments to provide ‘white zones’ (EM-free) for Electro-sensitive people.
The ICNIRP, which the UK government says it follows, warned governments in 2002 that some people need limits lower than its 1998 heating limits and accepts that some people suffer disabling symptoms caused by EM exposure.
The European Parliament in 2009 voted that the ICNIRP’s 6-minute heating limits, still used in the UK, were ‘obsolete’ and should be replaced by long-term limits.
Useful websites:;;;-;;http://ssita.org.uk/
The Bioinitiative Report of 2012 provides detailed information on biological effects of non-ionising radiation ().
The Word Health Organisation classifies radiation like WiFi and from mobile phones and masts as a possible cancer agent; this radiation also has neurological effects.

Trustees: Michael Bevington, Sarah Dacre, Brian Stein CBE, Dr Andrew Tresidder, Phil Watts

Medical Advisers: Dr Stephen Brooke, Dr Dietrich Klinghardt, Dr Erica Mallery-Blythe

Scientific Advisers: Dr Andrew Goldsworthy, Dr Magda Havas, Professor Denis Henshaw, Professor Olle Johansson

(Download full letter correctly formatted below)

Attachments:ES-UK Disability letter 2014 [ES-UK Disability letter 2014] 96 kB

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