It has been a while since our last newsletter but do not take this as an indicator that we have been sitting back taking a break! Apart from keeping our database up-to-date with the latest research, which is a job in itself, we have been very busy writing papers, preparing and giving presentations. Mr Victor (Vic) Leach (ORSAA and ARPS Member) recently attended and presented a paper at the 5th Asian & Oceanic IRPA Regional Congress on Radiation Protection (AOCRP-5). The title of the paper was: “Why the Precautionary Approach is needed for Non-Ionising Radiation Devices”
Vic co-authored the paper with Adjunct Associate Professor David Bromwich who has had a background in assisting organisations and industry in risk managing new technologies, especially where there is a level of uncertainty in the science in relation to adverse health effects. David’s research into the use, and often misuse, of gloves for protection against handling hazardous materials sees him as one of a few world experts in this area and has been used as a legal expert on a number of occasions. David also has a background in radiation protection where he worked as regulator of the uranium mining industry during the 1980’s and was a past active ARPS member helping organize the first NT ARPS conference in 1982.
The presentation, notes and paper, in advance of publication, are attached for your interest.
Our presentation, together with the presentation delivered by Adjunct Prof Dariusz Leszczynski, were the only conference papers that urged caution with respect to new emerging RF-EMF technologies. Precaution is recommended particularly with the advent of the new higher frequency 5G technologies, as this is likely to mean a substantial increase in RF-EMF environmental background levels. There is a need for more research on non-thermal biological effects, particularly in relation to human hematological and immune responses, as the largest organ of the body, namely skin will be the target organ along with its extensive vascular network.
Mr Steven (Steve) Weller (ORSAA Treasurer) attended an Electromagnetic Energy Reference Group (EMERG) Meeting hosted by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA). EMERG convenes bi-annually and Steve participates in these meetings as a community representative. In the most recent EMERG meeting held in May, Steve presented to a mixed audience of government and industry representatives on two very important topics that focused on the need for a robust EMF risk management philosophy and also future research needs. The two presentations along with an informative preamble were published as a blog on Dariusz’s website Between a Rock and a Hard Place (BRHP).
All authors urge, in the interim, a precautionary approach should be adopted and the public to be advised of the potential risks identified in the scientific literature as they are being exposed to this pervasive form of unseen radiation, 24/7.
We are also proud to announce the recent acceptance for publication a paper detailing the ORSAA database in the scientific journal, De Gruyter, entitled “ A novel database of bio-effects from non-ionizing radiation”.
We need your help. ORSAA has recently kicked of a campaign to raise funds with the goal to raise awareness of the science and the implications of man-made Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) on human health.
The next stage of development planned for the ORSAA database, which will include easy to use reporting functions, requires a skilled database programmer. The funds raised in this campaign will be used to fund this major upgrade. The goal is to make the database easier to use and to facilitate deeper insights into the large volumes of research data contained therein.
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The ORSAA team