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Children in Europe are exposed to higher levels of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) in cities, but the total average exposure remains well below the limit reference values. These are the main conclusions of a study led by the Barcelona Institute of Global Health (ISGlobal).
Results show that the average total personal exposure was 75.5 microWatts per square meter (µW/m2), a value well below the reference levels of 4.5 to 10 W/m2 established by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). Mobile phone antennas contributed the most to the total exposure, followed by television and radio antennas (mainly FM radio frequency). WiFi and cordless phones contributed very little. Overall, exposure was higher in urban environments, outdoors, while traveling, and during the day (versus night).
Mònica Guxens, senior author of the study, explains that “we are not measuring doses that the child receives for example by holding a mobile phone next to the head during a call, and which are likely to be higher."
Birks LE, Struchen B, Eeftens M et al. Spatial and temporal variability of personal environmental exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic fields in children in Europe. Environ Int. 2018 May 10;117:204-214. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2018.04.026.