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Electromagnetic fields Involving Citizens - Promoting Acceptance

With increasing frequency, citizens are demanding to be involved in important decision-making processes. In the new issue of the magazine Umwelt und Mensch – Informationsdienst (UMID / Environment and People - Information Service), writers from the authorities, the sciences and citizen initiatives present standpoints, perspectives and examples on the subject of citizen involvement. These show how forms of participation can be structured or further developed and explain new legal regulations for citizen involvement in the field of "Environment and Health".

Optical Radiation A well informed start to the weekend thanks to the UV forecast by the BfS

In many places the outdoor pool season starts at the beginning of May. The Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) is also starting to issue its newsletter "UV-Prognose fürs Wochenende" (UV Forecast for the weekend). What started in 2012 as a trial with selected radio stations will now be provided throughout the country. The BfS will give the UV forecast for the weekend every Friday at 11 am.

Electromagnetic fields Mobile phone radiation: Is it harmful or not?

Just how harmful is mobile phone radiation? Between 19 and 23 February 2013, experts from the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) are available to visitors of the didacta in Cologne in order to answer this and similar questions. The BfS is present every day between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. in Hall 6, stand A-046/B-047.

Optical Radiation Vitamin-D deficiency can be well prevented without exposure to artificial UV radiation

Contrary to many allegations, the human body does not need an extra portion of UV radiation from sunbeds in the dark season of the year to cover its demand for vitamin D. Nobody should use sunbeds to prevent a vitamin-D deficiency, emphasised the Deutsche Dermatologische Gesellschaft (German Dermatologic Society, DDG), the Berufsverband der Deutschen Dermatologen (Professional Society of German Dermatologists, BVDD) and the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) in a joint press release.

Ionising radiation Occupational radiation exposure reaches lowest value

The level of radiation exposure of individuals occupationally exposed to radiation in Germany has further decreased within the past few years. The annual average reached 0.66 millisievert (mSv) in 2010. That is the lowest value since the beginning of radiation exposure monitoring. This is the result of an evaluation of the radiation protection register carried out by the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS). "This finding demonstrates that the central radiation protection monitoring pays off: Occupationally exposed people now experience lower radiation exposures than in the past", said a BfS speaker.

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