Five new articles and five conference papers published

The first article, SF6 measurement guide. by Eamonn Duggan, et al., is published in ELECTRA 298 -June 2018, 47-51.

The second article, Workers’ exposure to electric fields during the task ‘maintenance of an operating device of circuit breaker from a service platform’ at 110 kV substations by Leena Korpinen and Rauno Pääkkönen is published in International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics (JOSE), Feb 26, 2018 :1-4. doi: 10.1080/10803548.2018.1433579. [Epub ahead of print]

The third article, Occupational exposure to extremely low-frequency magnetic fields near 20 kV, 3-phase shunt reactors at substations by Herkko Pirkkalainen, Timo Heiskanen, Mika Penttilä and Leena Korpinen is published in Radioprotection, 2018, Vol 53, num 2, 149-152, DOI: 10.1051/radiopro/2018017

The fourth article, Comparing Measurements of UV Radiation in Winter and Summer in Finland by Rauno Pääkkönen, Leena Korpinen and Fabriziomaria Gobba is published in International Journal of Health and Medical Engineering, 2018., Vol 12, num 3, 71-74, urn:dai:10.1999/1307-6892/10008667

The fifth article, Procedure to Use Quantitative Bone-Specific SPECT/CT in North Karelia Central Hospital, by Leena Korpinen, Pentti Taskinen and Pentti Rautio is published in International Journal of Health and Medical Engineering, 2018, Vol 12, num 3, 98-106; urn: dai:10.1999/1307-6892/10008912

Five new conference papers

  1. Pääkkönen, Rauno; Korpinen, Leena, 2018. 1322 Exposure to static magnetic fields and disturbances of active implantable medical devices, Conference Paper in Occupational and Environmental Medicine 75(Suppl 2): A426.3-A431 · April 2018
  2. Modenese, Alberto; Korpinen, Leena; Gobba, Fabriziomaria. 2018. 931 Occupational skin cancer in outdoor workers in italy: expected number vs cases recognised by the italian national compensation authority (inail), Conference Paper in Occupational and Environmental Medicine 75(Suppl 2): A430.1-A430 · April 2018
  3. Modenese, Alberto; Korpinen, Leena; Gobba, Fabriziomaria, 2018. 934 Gliomas incidence in italy, Conference Paper in Occupational and Environmental Medicine 75(Suppl 2): A430.2-A431 · April 2018
  4. Korpinen, Leena; Pääkkönen, Rauno, 2018. 1649b Eu directive 2013/35/eu on occupational exposure to electromagnetic fields, Conference Paper in Occupational and Environmental Medicine 75(Suppl 2): A421.2-A421 · April 2018
  5. Gobba, Fabriziomaria; Korpinen, Leena, 2018. 1649d What health surveillance of emf exposed workers? Conference Paper in Occupational and Environmental Medicine 75(Suppl 2): A422.1-A422 · April 2018

New Technical Brochure 723

Duggan, Eamonn; et al., 2018. SF6 measurement guide. Working group B3.40, Technical Brochure 723, Cigre, April 2018.

Final reports of the BEST program are online

The final reports of the Best (Sustainable Bioenergy Solutions for Tomorrow) research program are online.

The group of occupational health and safety – six publications

  1. Leena Fagernäs, Kari Ojanen, Jorma Jokiniemi, Leena Korpinen (eds): Health issues in bioenergy production and use Research report no D4.4.9, Helsinki 2014, 90 p.
  2. Kirsi Korpijärvi, Leena Fagernäs et al., Health Issues in the Bioenergy Supply Chain – Aims at best practices, Bioenergy 2015 – International bioenergy exhibition and conference 2.-4.9.2015, Jyväskylä, Finland. Proceedings, p. 63-68
  3. Sirpa Laitinen, Juha Laitinen et al., Risks to workers’ safety and health in biomass processing, International Congress and Expo on Biofuels & Bioenergy, August 25-27, 2015, Valencia, Spain
  4. Juha Laitinen, Sirpa Laitinen et al., Workers’ exposure to biological and chemical agents in biomass processing at CHP plants, International Congress and Expo on Biofuels & Bioenergy, August 25-27, 2015, Valencia, Spain
  5. Kirsi Korpijärvi et al., Occupational hygiene measurements at power plant sites, Research report no D4.4.9b, Helsinki 2015 78 p.
  6. Sirpa Laitinen, Juha Laitinen et al. Exposure to biological and chemical agents at biomass power plants, Biomass and Bioenergy Vol. 93, October 2016, p. 78–86

Summary of the situation report bulletin (1/2018) published online

This summer, the annual joint meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS) and the European Bioelectromagnetics Association (EBEA) was held June 24-29 in Piran, Slovenia. At this BioEM2018 conference, ICNIRP (International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection) presented the draft of its new guidelines for the frequency range from 100 kHz to 300 GHz. The guidelines for extremely low-frequency fields remain unchanged for now.

As noted in earlier bulletins, the Finnish radiation legislation is currently being revised. For the time being, the new radiation act and the decree on non-ionizing radiation are still underway.

Again, I have found new scientific publications of interest for this bulletin. This time, some of the topics are a bit different than what has been dealt with before. I also included a paper on honey bees for a change, while the main focus will continue to be on human research.

The current bulletin starts more traditionally, with papers on childhood leukemia.

One interesting paper is the Finnish pilot study on maternal exposure to intermediate frequency magnetic fields from electronic article surveillance systems and potential reproductive outcomes.

Once again, the bulletin concludes with two papers on occupational exposure.

Hope you enjoy reading this summary in English!

Three new articles published

The first article, Near Retirement Age ( ≥ 55 Years) Self-Reported Physical Symptoms and Use of Computers/Mobile Phones at Work and at Leisure by Korpinen L, Pääkkönen R and Gobba F, is published in Healthcare, October 2017, 5(4), 71; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare5040071

The second article, Measuring Occupational Exposure to Extremely Low-Frequency Electric Fields at 220 kV Substations by Pirkkalainen H, Heiskanen T, Tonteri J, Elovaara J, Penttila M and Korpinen L is published in Radiation Protection Dosimetry, November 2017, Vol. 176, No. 4, pp. 400–403; https://doi.org/10.1093/rpd/ncx023

The third article, Self-reported wrist and finger symptoms associated with other physical/mental symptoms and use of computers/mobile phones by Korpinen L, Pääkkönen R and Gobba F is published in International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics 2018, Vol 24, 2018 – Issue 1, pp. 82-90; https://doi.org/10.1080/10803548.2017.1282030

Summary of the situation report bulletin (2/2017) published online

Since the summer, a few interesting international workshops have taken place. The one held by COST EMF-MED in October in Vienna dealt with topics such as the safety of medical, esthetic and cosmetic devices using electromagnetic fields.

Another international workshop, held by the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection (Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz) on 12–14 December in Munich, focused on the relationship between neurodegenerative diseases and magnetic field exposure.

The new Finnish radiation legislation is still in preparation. The new radiation act and the decree on non-ionizing radiation are expected to come into force during 2018.

I have found interesting scientific publications for this bulletin. The first one is a CIGRE Reference Paper, basically a statement based on studies carried out on electric and magnetic fields so far. CIGRE, or the Council on Large Electric Systems, is an international non-profit association that actively monitors the health effects of electric power systems.

For example, papers explore topics such as the exposure of adolescents to magnetic fields in Israel and the investigation of electromagnetic hypersensitivity, with the help of participants using mobile exposure units at home. The final paper on neonatal incubators was included because electromagnetic fields, in this context, is an issue that has evoked some interest among researchers in recent years.

Hope you enjoy reading this summary in English!

My new website – leenakorpinen.com

I opened my own dynamic website about ten years ago. It was now time to open the new website. The internet has gone through a lot of progress in ten years. We can watch TV and other programs on the internet. If we forget to watch the news we can watch the same broadcast on our computer or phones. We can send easily videos, news and photos to others etc. We can get news very quickly e.g. using the Twitter.

Ten years ago with the opening of my website leenakorpinen.fi, I started my blog. In the future I will publish my blog on my new website – leenakorpinen.com.

Welcome to my new website!