Prof. dr. ir. Michiel Haas says that the knowledge platform Electromagnetic Fields (EMV) recently pronounced there to be enough evidence to indicate there are bad effects of radiation from cell-phones, transmission masts and wifi, and the health council should recommend the Dutch government to take precautionary measures.
Prof. dr. ir. Michiel Haas makes his remarks in a video that the knowledge platform EMV has put online, originally from the sounding board organization Kennis about EMV. In the video Haas indicates there to be enough evidence of the bad effects of radiation on health, but that the health council has set the bar too high when evaluating many international studies focussed on this concern. He also thinks that the Dutch government should give precautionary measures and that wifi should abolished at schools and universities. Prof. dr. ir. De Haas as founder and director of the Dutch Institute of building biology and ecology and professor at the TU Delft, where he holds the highest position at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and leads an authority of Materials and Environment in the field of electromagnetic radiation. The knowledge platform EMV is the official authority that has to give clarity about possible health effects of electromagnetic fields. Within the knowledge platform EMV where various organizations join together, like the RIVM, TNO, KEMA, GGD Holland and the Agency Telecom, to share their knowledge. The sound board group Kennis informs and advices the knowledge platform EMV.
The call to take precautionary measures is not something new, at least not in Europe. Moreover, in 2011 the council of Europe adopted a resolution in which its Member States are advised to apply the so called precautionary principle in the field of wireless technology and communication. This precautionary principle gives governments a chance to take precautionary measures concerning new scientific or technical activities, of which is not clearly stated if it could cause damage to the society or the environment. Especially if there is a lack of scientific evidence proving something is safe, the governments can apply this precautionary principle. Where it comes to the use of wireless technology it seems logical to rely on this precautionary principle. After all, it concerns relatively new technology that has been implemented without looking at the long term effects. There are a growing amount of researches which state there is a negative impact on humans, plants and animals when using radiation. The council of Europe therefore advises to prohibit the use of wifi and cell-phones in schools, as well as commercials about cell-phones and tablets targeting children. When placing transmission masts they should be at an appropriate distance from schools, creches, resting homes and healthcare institutions. This resolution has been a reason for many countries around us to take precautionary measures. In France wifi at schools is forbidden as well as everywhere else where children younger than three years old stay. In Belgium commercials about cell-phones targeting children younger than seven years old are forbidden. There still seems to be nothing going on in the Netherlands until recently, most likely because the health council judges researches about the effects of radiation very differently compared to other countries. That’s why prof. Haas thinks the health council should lay the bar a bit lower.