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.

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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!

Summary of the situation report bulletin (1/2017) published online

The summer is full of different congresses. One of those already held, on 5–9 June in Hangzhou, China, was the annual BioEM conference (BioEM2017) on electromagnetic fields. This year, the event features included different workshops on topical issues. Short abstracts for the presentations held at the conference are available online.

The Finnish radiation legislation in currently being revised. The new radiation act has been circulated for comments but will not, as far as I know, come into force until 1 January 2018. Also, work has progressed on the preparation of other regulations. The decree of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health on restricting public exposure to non-ionizing radiation is currently being circulated for comments until 14 August. This will be followed up in the next bulletins.

I have found some interesting scientific publications for this bulletin. The first paper discusses the association between childhood leukemia and environmental exposure, including but not limited to electromagnetic fields. It was interesting to find that research has been carried out in respect of other environmental factors as well.

The next paper focuses not only on extremely low-frequency but also on intermediate-frequency electromagnetic fields. A few years ago, the issue was raised at different conferences that no research had been conducted on intermediate-frequency fields so far. That situation seems to have changed now.

As many times before, the bulletin concludes with papers on occupational exposure. This time there are two of them, dealing with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and central nervous system disease.

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Five new articles published

The first article, Peak exposures to main components of ash and gaseous diesel exhausts in closed and open ash loading stations at biomass-fuelled power plants by Laitinen J, Koponen H, Sippula O, Korpijärvi K, Jumpponen M, Laitinen S, Aatamila M, Tissari J, Karhunen T, Ojanen K, Jokiniemi J and Korpinen L is published in Chemosphere. 2017 Jul 4;185:183-191. doi: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2017.07.012.

The second article, Preliminary results of measuring occupational exposure to static magnetic fields at HVDC cables in Finland by Tonteri J, Heiskanen T, Elovaara J, Penttilä M and Korpinen L is published in Radioprotection 2017, 52(2), 119–123, DOI

The third 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. 2017 Mar 3:1-4. doi: 10.1093/rpd/ncx023.

The fourth 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 2017 Mar 1:1-9. doi: 10.1080/10803548.2017.1282030.

The fifth article, The biomechanical overload of the upper limb: a neglected occupational hazard in animal facility operators by Occhionero V, Ghersi R, Prandini L, Korpinen L and Gobba F, is published in Ergonomics, 2017; 60(3):366-374 (ISSN: 1366-5847)

Nine new conference publications published

1) Possibilities to decrease the extremely low-frequency electric field exposure with a Faraday cage under a 400 kV power line

Rauno Pääkkönen; Lourdes Farrugia; Hiroo Tarao; Fabriziomaria Gobba; Leena Korpinen
2016 Progress in Electromagnetic Research Symposium (PIERS)
Year: 2016
Pages: 2109 – 2112, DOI: 10.1109/PIERS.2016.7734884
IEEE Conference Publications

2) Measurements of leakage magnetic fields from induction heating range using different sized pans

Hiroo Tarao; Noriyuki Hayashi; Leena Korpinen; Katsuo Isaka
2016 Progress in Electromagnetic Research Symposium (PIERS)
Year: 2016
Pages: 2937 – 2939, DOI: 10.1109/PIERS.2016.7735160
IEEE Conference Publications

3) The Electric field exposure of the work tasks from a ladder at 400 kV substations in Finland

Herkko Pirkkalainen; Leena Korpinen; Timo Heiskanen; Mika Penttilä; Jarmo Elovaara
2016 Progress in Electromagnetic Research Symposium (PIERS)
Year: 2016
Pages: 1419 – 1421, DOI: 10.1109/PIERS.2016.7734667
IEEE Conference Publications

4) Directive 2013/35/EU for electromagnetic fields of workers’ exposure and working from the ladder near a 400 kV power line

Leena Korpinen; Rauno Pääkkönen; Lourdes Farrugia; Hiroo Tarao; Fabriziomaria Gobba
2016 Progress in Electromagnetic Research Symposium (PIERS)
Year: 2016
Pages: 2106 – 2108, DOI: 10.1109/PIERS.2016.7734883
IEEE Conference Publications

5) Possibilities to decrease the electric field exposure with a shield over worker under the 400 kV power lines

Rauno Pääkkönen; Leena Korpinen; Hiroo Tarao; Fabriziomaria Gobba
2016 Progress in Electromagnetic Research Symposium (PIERS)
Year: 2016
Pages: 2934 – 2936, DOI: 10.1109/PIERS.2016.7735159
IEEE Conference Publications

6) Examples of extremely low-frequency magnetic field measurements at treatment facilities of a university hospital

Jussi Sankari; Tapio Vahekoski; Timo Seppälä; Leena Korpinen
2016 Progress in Electromagnetic Research Symposium (PIERS)
Year: 2016
Pages: 1416 – 1418, DOI: 10.1109/PIERS.2016.7734666
IEEE Conference Publications

7) Extremely low frequency magnetic fields in the work environment

Lourdes Farrugia; Charles V. Sammut; Giuseppe Gauci; Leena Korpinen
2016 Progress in Electromagnetic Research Symposium (PIERS)
Year: 2016
Pages: 3666 – 3669, DOI: 10.1109/PIERS.2016.7735398
IEEE Conference Publications

8) Extremely low frequency magnetic fields at electric facilities of a hospital

Tapio Vahekoski; Jussi Sankari; Timo Seppälä; Leena Korpinen
2016 Progress in Electromagnetic Research Symposium (PIERS)
Year: 2016
Pages: 1413 – 1415, DOI: 10.1109/PIERS.2016.7734665
IEEE Conference Publications

9) Comparison of the extremely low-frequency electric field meters at 400 kV and 220 kV substations

Herkko Pirkkalainen; Leena Korpinen; Hiroo Tarao; Timo Heiskanen; Mika Penttilä; Jarmo Elovaara
2016 Progress in Electromagnetic Research Symposium (PIERS)
Year: 2016
Pages: 2931 – 2933, DOI: 10.1109/PIERS.2016.7735158
IEEE Conference Publications