17 August 2013
Canada: Ontario Teachers Union Wants Cell Phones Turned Off in the Classroom
Ontario Teachers Union Wants Cell Phones Turned Off in the Classroom
In Tech by Peter Nelis, 16 August, 2013
Radiation from phones is a workplace hazard... apparently...
Yesterday, the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario voted at its annual general meeting that student cell phones should be turned off and stored during school hours, unless a teacher gives permission. The vote was part of a series of motions requesting that radiation from cell phones and WiFi be recognized as a potential workplace hazard for teachers.
"There is cause for concern for members' health and safety, especially women," said Sandra Wash, a teacher representing Peel District who spoke at the meeting.
Two years ago the World Health Organization officially declared wireless radiation from cell phones and WiFi to be a possible Carcinogen.A second vote yesterday afternoon demanded that school Boards stop hiding WiFi transmitters in the ceiling, and label them as part of a hazard control program.
ETFO is Canada's largest teachers union, representing seventy-six thousand Ontario elementary teachers.