NORA Manufacturing Sector Strategic Goals
927ZJKUa - Authoritative Recommendations on Managing Workplace EMF (PHP)Start Date: 10/1/2009
End Date: 9/30/2012
Principal Investigator (PI)Name: Joseph Bowman
Funded By: NIOSH
Primary Goal Addressed6.0
Secondary Goal AddressedNone
Attributed to Manufacturing50%
This project will provide evidence-based recommendations for managing workplace EMF, especially those from AC electricity. Towards this end, NIOSH research will identify cost-effective methods of evaluating EMF exposures and preventing their possible health risks, especially cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, and neurological effects. Improved methods for measuring compliance with exposure guidelines for power-frequency EMF will also be developed. New NIOSH documents and research updates will be published on the possible health risks from occupational EMF and how workplace exposures can be managed to protect the public health. This project is part of NIOSH's programs on engineering controls, exposure assessment, economics and authoritative recommendations, targeted especially to the manufacturing sector.
The occupational health goals are to protect workers from:
This comprehensive NIOSH policy on EMF would cover both health issues by:
NIOSH would develop these policies with the Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in the Netherlands, based on a RIVM study of EMF control measures [Bolte and Pruppers, 2006] and a NIOSH risk assessment [Bowman et al., 2008]. Dr. Tapas Ray will make the business case for precautionary reductions in workplace EMF, based on economic analyses of precautionary measures for environmental hazards like global warming. Drafts of these control bands would be tested at workplaces in both countries during the evaluations (see below), and the lessons learned will be incorporated into the final Current Intelligence Bulletin (CIB).
In FY10, the project's FY10 goals are:
This project's primary goal is providing NIOSH with a comprehensive set of policy documents and websites on occupational EMF. To improve the effectiveness of these recommendations, we will use health communication principles to produce reports and other materials on the EMF control bands, develop a dissemination strategy, and collect data on their effectiveness. The ultimate impact will be preventing some of the 1,000 brain cancers and 2,100 leukemias which are possibly attributable each year to occupational EMF exposures.