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EMF Studies

17 November 2015

Risks regulations and liability around exposing people and students to wireless technology EMF radiation – Part 1 - Introduction

The next posts are texts/ summaries from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney faculty of law continuing education program on "Risks regulations and liability around exposing people and students to wireless technology EMF radiation" which took place on 14 October 2015. The program was aimed at lawyers, school principals, union representatives and others with an interest in radiation exposure, its legal ramifications and liability. The seminar was the first of its kind to be held in Australia and attracted professionals from across the country. 

Risks regulations and liability around exposing people and students to wireless technology EMF radiation – Part 1

The world is changing at a rapid pace. Not surprisingly then, there has been a rampant proliferation of home and business cordless transmission technology (e.g. mobile phone towers, smart meters, wi-fi cordless phones) that has vastly increased our exposure to radiation. Recent legal developments are causing the producers of this radiation overload to sit up and take notice, as the issue of costly liability and lawsuits is fast becoming a reality.

Radiation exposure everywhere

As an adjunct to the incredible network of phone towers in existence, nearly all workplaces, airports, libraries, cafes and shopping centres are contributing to this radiation exposure by having wi-fi available 24/7. We see wi-fi in buses now, wi-fi access points are replacing public telephones, and wireless internet is being rolled out across entire communities where the use of cables is judged too difficult. With the implementation of government satellites and balloons from Google that float in or above our atmosphere, not only cities but even remote areas are now blanketed with radiation.

There is an ever increasing body of research which demonstrates the detrimental health effects of this exposure, and more and more doctors and scientists are speaking out about it. This was recently demonstrated by an appeal to the UN made by well over 200 doctors and scientists.

It is estimated that 3-5 % of the world population is now developing what has come to be known as electrohypersensitivity or EHS. This means that they feel the effects of radiation exposure (also referred to as EMF) almost immediately. For some the effects are so serious that they are forced to restrict their movements within the community and even move to remote areas to avoid becoming unwell. They are the innocent victims of technological decisions made by individuals and businesses that have little understanding of the consequences of their actions.

For many years, professionals have been trying to raise awareness, not only about the health risks associated with EMF radiation exposure, but also about the links to serious health issues that take longer to develop… such as cancer, fertility concerns, autism and numerous other chronic health complaints. Fortunately, there is help at hand as research and product development have enabled shielding of bedrooms or shielding of entire homes.

In more recent times, even apartment buildings are being shielded to protect against radiation, so as to provide more health supportive accommodation to their occupants. The driving force behind a legal search for justice has predominately been the people who are immediately affected by EMF radiation exposure, together with the doctors supporting them.

Legal liability – Can you be sued for exposing others to wi-fi?

The search for justice and compensation has led to various legal battles in recent times, with more and more cases being concluded with favourable outcomes. Consequently, individuals and businesses responsible for exposing other human beings to EMF radiation from wireless technology are becoming, or should be becoming, seriously anxious about their liability. The scope of this liability includes not only the way they are affecting the lives of those more sensitive to radiation, but also the harm that may be done over the longer term to those who are not presently so sensitive.

UNSW Sydney faculty of law continuing education program – 14 October 2015

The educational program at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) was aimed at lawyers, school principals, union representatives and others with an interest in radiation exposure, its legal ramifications and liability. This seminar was the first of its kind to be held in Australia and attracted professionals from across the country. Presentations were made by the following experts on various subjects related to radiation exposure:

Paul Wentworth – Lawyer, Course Convenor UNSW Law
Recent appeal to the UN and WHO
EMR, what is it?
What is non-ionising radiation?
Regulatory Framework

Dr Mary Redmayne – Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Population Health Research on Electromagnetic Energy, Monash University
What approaches to radiation exposure are being developed in other countries?
What are the health effects and why do international standards differ?
Can existing policy guidelines accommodate non-thermal effects?
How can children’s exposure be limited?

Dr Priyanka Bandara – Health researcher/educator, former academic clinical researcher/molecular biologist, Advisor to Environmental Health Trust USA and Doctors for safer Schools
Adverse biological effects of EMR
Reference to damage to DNA, cell membranes, blood brain barrier and sperm – involvement of oxidative stress
Neuro-behavioural and cognitive effects

Associate Professor Ray Kearney Oam – Immunologist, Department of Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Department of Medicine, University of Sydney
New environmental conditions
Melatonin and where it is found
Biological functions of Melatonin
How is Melatonin production affected by exposure to EMR frequencies?

Jenne Tzavaras, Partner, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers and David Andersen, Partner, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers (This is covered in PART 2)
Risks for employers – Workers compensation and Common Law
Risks for occupiers
Causation issues
Due diligence obligations-managing risk

The event was chaired by Robyn Williams AM – Broadcaster, ABC Science Unit

The event opened with an introduction to the subject of EMF radiation exposure by Paul Wentworth for those in legal or schooling professions or unions not familiar with it. The video message of Dr Martin Blank was shown as a chilling wake up call about the health damage done by EMF radiation. Doctors and scientist are now so worried that they need to speak up about it against the guidelines of government and often their own employers.

ARPANSA, the Australian Government’s primary authority on radiation protection and nuclear safety was mentioned, and the fact that to this day ARPANSA still states that “there is no established scientific evidence that the use of mobile phones causes any health effects.“. Before handing over to the medical presentations, it was stressed that work health and safety guide lines are also to be taken into consideration when considering liability issues.

About the Author: Patrick van der Burght


A family brush with cancer and success with complementary therapies motivated Patrick to study naturopathy, various types of bioresonance and building Geobiology. Patrick is director of Geovital AU/NZ/NL, is a Geovital instructor, author and international speaker on patient focused radiation protection.

[See next posts for summaries of presentations.]

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