EMF'S have long been considered an invisible issue for business and industry. But in recent years more and more corporations have had on site EMF inspections done, and taken steps to lower the exposure of employees to Electro Magnetic Fields.
With every electric device, every motor, every wire an EMF is produced. Many scholars and researchers have concluded that this is a health risk, but it is a risk that business can, in most cases easily deal with.
Not only can work areas be re-organized, and people's desks put in areas where there are low EMF readings, but EMF's from outside the building can be shielded or blocked. Equipment within the building, can also be relocated or shielded.
In a recent inspection done by Certified Environmental Inspectors (www.environment-solutions.com), some of the highestemissionscame from an older copy machine. "The newer machines are better shielded internally, but sometimes an old machine really puts out EMF's." said Ernst Diener, EMFtechnical specialist.
EMF's(Electro Magnetic Fields) are found throughout nature and in all livingthings. EMF exposure from electricity,electric lines, equipment, radios, vehicles, kitchens, televisions, telephones,clocks, airplanes, even from outer space can have an impact on our world, andmany health experts and scientists believe that high doses can cause a varietyof diseases, damage to the human body, even cancers and impacts on DNA. EMF's are emitted from all electricalappliances, house wiring and power lines. There are examples where theradiation is so strong from high power transmission lines that tests havedemonstrated men holding a florescent light bulb, lit from the "free"EMF emitted by the wires. If you haveever heard static on an AM radio when you are near a high voltage electric lineor device, you have just been exposed to EMF's.Typically, the more power an appliance uses, the stronger the EMF thatsurrounds it. In terms of homeappliances, hair dryers, coffee grinders, food processors, electric razors,mixer, telephones, computers, clocks, radios and televisions emit EMF's.
Are EMF's dangerous?
Hundreds of scientific articles have beenpublished regarding possible health hazards. European health experts haveconcluded that EMF's are dangerous to human health, and restrict and protectthe public with higher standards than some nations, such as the USA. The powerful lobby of the Utility andElectric industry in the USA hired scientists to produce studies, whichindicated that EMF's in the USA were not a health problem, while scientists inEurope are much more concerned. Some studies suggest that continuous exposureto EMF levels as low as 2 milliGauss (mG) may be harmful. Short term exposureis of less danger, but if it is of high "burst" rates, even a shortterm dose, with a very high rate is considered unhealthy. Many have come to believe that a workinglevel, in a typical environment of 5 to 7 hours or more, with exposure to 5 mGshould call for remediation, shielding, or a change to lower the exposure.