Cellphone radiation not harmful to human body: COAI
Mumbai: Seeking to set at rest the fears of health hazards due to use of cellphones, the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) on Wednesday claimed that radiation from mobile phones and cellular towers had no adverse effect on the human body.
COAI, a representative body for GSM operators in India,
said there are many "misconceptions and apprehensions" with
regard to radiation from mobile phones and base stations and
it has time and again emphasised that these are "not
injurious" to the human body.
"It has been repeatedly brought out by ICNIRP review
papers and WHO fact sheets that RF radiations from mobile
phones and cellular towers have no adverse effect on the human
body," COAI said in a statement.
International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation
Protection (ICNIRP) is a body of independent scientific
experts that works closely with World Health Organisation.
ICNIRP has recently published two review papers nixing
fears that radiation from mobile phones cause malignant
tumours in the human brain.
Quoting the review report by ICNIRP, the association said
that experimental data does not suggest so far that children
are more susceptible than adults to RF radiation, "but few
relevant studies have been conducted".
It further said that a wide range of subjective symptoms
including headaches and migraine, fatigue and skin itches have
been attributed to various RF sources both at home and work.
"However, the evidence from doubleblind provocation
studies suggest that the reported symptoms are not causally
related to EMF (electro-magnetic field) exposure," the review
"We are delighted to see the re-endorsement by ICNIRP
that there is no evidence of any health hazard whatsoever from
the radio-frequency (RF) radiations from mobile phones and
cellular towers," COAI Director General T V Ramachandran said.
"In fact, there is reassurance by ICNIRP that there is no
need to have any concern even with regard to exposure of
children to RF radiation," he added.
The Department of Telecommunication had in July last year
approved the adoption of guidelines by ICNIRP for the telecom
sector in India.
These guidelines lay down the limits of maximum exposure
that can be permitted from mobile phones and base stations.
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