Month: September, 2011

Pre- and post-natal exposure of children to EMF generated by domestic induction cookers

Induction cookers (also referred to as induction hobs) are electrical cooking appliances that
use intermediate-frequency magnetic fields to heat the cooking vessel directly without heating
the contact surface of the appliance itself (Acero et al 2010).

The magnetic field induces eddy currents in the ferromagnetic base of the cooking vessel and thereby generates heat
from resistive losses in the base of the vessel. The induction cookers typically operate in the
frequency range between 20 and 100 kHz, and can deliver powers of up to 3.6 kW (Millan
et al 2010). Their main advantages are rapid cooking times and higher energy efficiency
compared to conventional (resistive) and glass-ceramic (infrared) cookers. With decreasing
prices, induction cookers are gaining in popularity and up to 300 thousand units yearly are
predicted for sale in Europe alone (ICNIRP 1998).

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NOTE FROM ICNIRP REGARDING THE IARC CLASSIFICATION OF RADIOFREQUENCY FIELDS

 

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NOTE FROM THE INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION ON NONIONIZING RADIATION PROTECTION

(ICNIRP) REGARDING THE IARC CLASSIFICATION OF RADIOFREQUENCY FIELDS

Munich, 31.05.2011

The International Commission on Non‐Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) notes the publication of the

International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classification of radiofrequency fields (RF) as Group

2B on the IARC scale of carcinogenic risk to humans. ICNIRP awaits with interest the full Monograph that

explains the justification and arguments put forward by IARC in arriving at this conclusion.

ICNIRP has been conducting a review of the potential health effects of RF including carcinogenicity as

well as other aspects. The Commission will be publishing a revision of the ICNIRP guidelines on limiting

RF exposure for the general public and occupational groups. It will take into account all aspects of the

literature including the material put forward in the IARC Monograph.

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Dr. G. Ziegelberger

ICNIRP Scientific Secretariat

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85764 Oberschleissheim

Germany

g.ziegelberger@icnirp.org

Tel. 49 89 31603 2142

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