Employers May Be Liable For Technology Addictions! December 1, 2006Posted by healthyself in Addiction, angst, Anxiety, Bioeffects, Biological Effects, Blogroll, Cell phone industry, Cell phone safety, Cell Phones, Conversations, Decision Making, Electromagnetic pollution, Electromagnetic Radiation, Electrosensitivity, EMF Research, Employees, Environment, Epidemiology, Financial Considerations, Hand Portables, Handheld Units, HRD, Human Resources, Inner Agitation, Legal Issues, Lifestyle, Long Term Health Risks, Medical Research, Men', Microwave exposure, mobile telephones, Panic Attacks, Police Officers, Radio Frequency Radiation, Research, Research Needed, Safety, Sick People, Stress, Symptoms, Who is Affected?, Wireless Phones, Withdrawal, Women, Workplace.
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Researchers Study Possibility Lawsuits
“You may have joked about having an addiction to your Blackberry or cell phone, but for some employers it could soon be no laughing matter. One researcher said employers may be legally liable for employees who claim their bosses are to blame for their technology addictions.”
“Rutgers professor…. said she believes technology is helpful and necessary, but potentially addictive. In a country with 140 million cell phones and nearly 3 million Blackberries, that could be a significant problem.”
According to a study…… the symptoms of technology addiction mirror those of a drug addict, including painful withdrawal.”
…”those first couple of days on vacation you do have a sort of nervousness that occurs because you don’t know what to do with your hands or I wonder what’s going on,” ….” some workers may exploit the issue. …a study on the possibility that employees may start filing lawsuits against their employers for forcing them to become addicted to technology.”
Exposure to EMF’s at Work September 10, 2006Posted by healthyself in .03 - 3.7 mG, .5 mG - 4 MG, 1 mG, 2 mG, 27.6 mG, 34.8 mG, 4.4 mG, 5.4 mG, 8.2 mG, 96.0 mG, Blogroll, Cell phone safety, Electrical Surges, Electrical Wiring, Electromagnetic pollution, Electromagnetic waves, Electrosensitivity, Electrosmog, ELF, EMF Research, EMF's, Employees, EMR, Environment, Exposure, Firehouses, Long Term Health Risks, Low Frequencies, Magnetic, Men's Health, Microwave exposure, Police Officers, Pulsed Radiation, radiation, Risk of Disease, Safety, School administrators, transmission, Who is Affected?, Women's Health, Workplace.
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“The EMF exposures for many jobs have not been measured, but the following table shows average exposures to magnetic fields for typical workers who use electric equipment. Exposures during a work shift vary with the strength of the magnetic field, the worker s distance from the EMF source, and the time the worker spends in the field. For comparison, the table also lists worker exposures off the job.”
“Average magnetic field exposures for various types of workers (in milligauss*)”
Average daily exposures Type of worker Median** Range
Workers on the job:
Clerical workers without computers 0.5 0.2 - 2.0 Clerical workers with computers 1.2 0.5 - 4.5 Machinists 1.9 0.6 - 27.6 Electric line workers 2.5 0.5 - 34.8 Electricians 5.4 0.8 - 34.0 Welders 8.2 1.7 - 96.0 Workers off the job (home, travel, etc.) 0.9 0.3 - 3.7
*Magnetic fields are often measured in gauss or milligauss (one thousandth of a gauss = 1 milligauss).
**The median is the middle measurement: half the workers have average daily exposures above this point and half below.”
States Not Permitted to Control EMF’s September 7, 2006Posted by healthyself in Bioeffects, Biological Effects, Blogroll, Cancer Protection, Cell phone industry, Cell phone safety, Cell phone towers, Cell Phones, Communication, Decision Making, Electromagnetic pollution, Electromagnetic waves, Electrosensitivity, Electrosmog, ELF, Emergency Medicine, EMF Research, Employees, EMR, Environment, Flagpoles, Government's role, High Frequencies, high voltage transmission lines, HOuseholds, Immune system, Inner Agitation, Legal Issues, Lifestyle, Long Term Health Risks, Low Frequencies, Men's Health, Microwave exposure, Mitigation, mobile telephones, Monitoring, Non Profit Organizations, Parenting, Police Officers, Public Policy, Pulsed Radiation, radiation, Risk Factor, Risk of Disease, Safe Levels, School administrators, Teenagers, Transfer, transmission, W/Kg, watts, Who is Affected?, Workplace.
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“Although some local and state governments have enacted rules and regulations about human exposure to RF energy in the past, the Telecommunications Act of 1996 requires the Federal Government to control human exposure to RF emissions. In particular, Section 704 of the Act states that, “No State or local government or instrumentality thereof may regulate the placement, construction, and modification of personal wireless service facilities on the basis of the environmental effects of radio frequency emissions to the extent that such facilities comply with the Commission’s regulations concerning such emissions.” Further information on federal authority and FCC policy is available in a fact sheet from the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau at www.fcc.gov/wtb.”