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The use of Non-Ionizing Electromagnetic Radiation, including WiFi, in the workplace

A position regarding the use of
Non-Ionizing Electromagnetic
Radiation, including WiFi, in the
OECTA Provincial
Health and Safety Committee

There are growing health and safety concerns regarding the widespread use of technology,
such as cellular phones and wireless computer networking (WiFi), which produce non-ionizing
electromagnetic radiation. It is estimated that at least 3 percent of the population has an
environmental sensitivity to the radiation that is emitted by these devices and, as a result,
experience serious immediate physical/biological effects when exposed. As has been the case
with other known societal health and safety issues, such as exposure to cigarette smoke or
asbestos, the health effects of unprecedented long term exposure to this radiation may not
be known for some time. Widespread use of, or exposure to, wireless communication devices
and WiFi technology in Ontario schools, can be positioned as a potential workplace hazard.
This paper examines what is currently known about the impact of non-ionizing
electromagnetic radiation, reviews the implications it can have for Ontario schools, including
OECTA members, and makes recommendations to the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’
Association on the issue. Continue reading