Non-Ionising Radiation

Exposure to non-ionising radiation has become almost unavoidable. Electric devices produce extremely low frequency magnetic fields (ELF-MF) and radio-frequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) are used for wireless communication. Both types of non-ionising radiation are suspected to impair human health. Using epidemiological methods, including personal measurements, Swiss TPH experts scrutinise a variety of potential health consequences, ranging from tumours to sleep disturbances. The possible biological pathways of non-ionising radiation are elucidated by means of bioinformatics.

The Health Impact of Mobile Phones


Measuring Exposure Levels Across Europe

Swiss TPH researchers lead an international study aiming at testing a novel "radiofrequency exposure meter" that achieves considerably higher sensitivity levels than the already existing personal exposure assessment methods. The new body-worn device allows for radiofrequency measurement and comparison of micro-environments like trains, shopping centres or town centres across five different European countries. The results allow quantifying radiofrequency exposure contributions from these settings, and evaluating the impact of policies related to electromagnetic field exposure of the population in various countries.

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Trains are assessed in terms of electromagnetic field exposure.

Expert Group on Non-Ionising Radiation

Mobile phone radiation impairs the figurative memory of pupils.

Indepth Evaluation of Children’s Exposure to Extremely Low Frequency Magnetic Fields and Implications for Health Risk of New Technologies

Swiss TPH epidemiologists develop a model based on the exposure data from 6-12 years old children, including activity and geographic (GPS) information. Combined with other stochastic models, this allows them to investigate the health impact of new technologies on the children’s exposure to extremely low frequency magnetic fields.

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