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Precaution regarding electromagnetic fields
  1. Why does BfS consider precautionary measures regarding electromagnetic fields to be necessary?
  2. Which precautionary measures does BfS recommend?
  3. Which precautionary measures can people take themselves?

  1. Why does BfS consider precautionary measures regarding electromagnetic fields to be necessary?
  2. In order to protect people from scientifically proven health effects of static and low-frequency electric and magnetic fields and high-frequency electromagnetic fields, the 26th Ordinance on the Implementation of the Federal Emission Control Act (26th BImSchV) sets limit values for direct-current and low-frequency installations (e.g. high-voltage power lines) and for high-frequency installations (e.g. mobile phone base stations).

    It has been shown from the outcomes of the German Mobile Telecommunication Research Programme that the current legal limits protect against the known health effects of high frequency fields. Further research seems yet to be required in the following two areas: potential long-term effects of intensive mobile phone use and the potential health effects in children and adolescents.
    There also seem to be effects caused by field intensities below the limit values in the case of low-frequency fields.

    Given the current lack of scientific certainty, the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) considers precautionary measures important and adequate.

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  3. Which precautionary measures does BfS recommend?
  4. One important aspect of precautionary action is to reduce exposure of the public to electric and magnetic fields both by lowering field intensities and by reducing the duration of exposure. Further precautionary measures include intensified research in order to reduce scientific uncertainties and to enhance current knowledge. Information and awareness-raising activities are another important part of these measures. This is where the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) plays a central role because it is an important element of our mission.

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  5. Which precautionary measures can people take themselves?
  6. Everyone has the chance to minimise the effects of low-frequency electric and magnetic fields and high-frequency electromagnetic fields by adhering to the following rules.

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