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Have PHE taken into account the following recent updates regarding the safety of 5G.

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Dear Public Health England,

Request 1
"Switzerland halts rollout of 5G over health concerns" as purported in the FT newspaper on 12 February 2020.

https://www.ft.com/content/848c5b44-4d7a...

Does the fact that Switzerland has declared a moratorium on the roll out of their 5G network due to "health concerns" give PHE any cause to review its stance on 5G being safe?

Request 2
Has PHE considered the Nuremberg Code when developing it's policy on 5G?

Request 3
Are PHE aware of the following comment in the ICNIRP Guidelines document under the heading "Developing of exposure guidelines"?

https://www.icnirp.org/cms/upload/public...

"There are also data for chronic low level exposure that indicate that there may also be other health effects. It is, however, ICNIRP's view that in the absence of support from laboratory studies the epidemiological data are insufficient to allow an exposure guideline to be established."

Does PHE agree with the ICNIRP's view that there is data to support the fact that low level exposure may cause "health effects"? If you do agree, what are those health effects in PHE's opinion?

Request 4
Does PHE understand that the ICNIRP Guidelines document was published in 1999 - over 20 years ago?

We have appeals such as the International EMF Scientist Appeal (https://www.emfscientist.org) and the 5G Appeal (http://www.5gappeal.eu/) that are supported by hundreds of experts in the field of non-ionising radiation that have been submitted much more recently. The appeals cite many recent studies that the ICNIRP Guidelines are unable to assess due to their guidance being over 20 years old.

Has PHE considered the recent scientific evidence as put forward by these 2 appeals?

Are there any plans for PHE to review the ICNIRP Guidelines in light of the more recent studies that prove there are indeed "health effects" from low level exposure?

Request 5
What is PHE's policy regarding application of the precautionary principle and do they believe it is being applied with regards to the 5G roll out?

Request 6
Are PHE aware of a news article with the headline "Public Health England issues LED street lighting warning" that was published in Highways Magazine on 03/04/2018?

https://www.highwaysmagazine.co.uk/Publi...

The article states:
"However John O’Hagan of Public Health England warned that social and health factors should be considered, as well as financial.

‘Local authorities have been replacing mercury and sodium street lights with LEDs. If this is done purely on the basis of energy efficiency and cost, it is possible to end up with installations that may not be fit for purpose,’ he wrote in the chief medical officer’s annual report.

‘Some streetlight luminaires have LED sources that can be seen physically projecting below the luminaire, becoming a glare source or light pollution. The light spectrum may be enriched in the blue, which may be beneficial for keeping drivers alert, but many people will find the light uncomfortable. High levels of blue light are known to cause damage to the retina in the eye. This only tends to be a problem for blue LEDs and not for white-light LED sources containing a blue LED and a yellow phosphor.’

He pointed out that LEDs can be provided in a range of colour temperatures and that ‘warmer colours are likely to be more appropriate for populated areas’.

Mr O’Hagan said: ‘Some of the LED sources assessed by Public Health England and others vary in illuminance at a frequency of 100 hertz. At the extreme, the LEDs switch on and off 100 times per second. This is of concern for a number of reasons.’

In such circumstances ‘rotating machinery, which could include the blades on a food mixer, may appear to be stationary if the rotation rate matches the modulation rate or is a multiple of it’.

He added this frequency can also result in headaches, migraines and feelings of malaise in those sensitive to this light modulation."

Do PHE stand by the statement issued by John O'Hagan?

Have PHE issued technical guidelines for LED street lights in light of Hohn O'Hagan's statement that blue LED lights damage retinal cells and the fact that the modulation frequency of LED lights can cause "headaches, migraines and feelings of malaise"? If so please forward a copy of the latest guidance.

8. Are PHE aware of any environmental dangers associated with LED street lights such as damage to insect life and plant life?

9. Are PHE aware of any issues regarding being able to insure LED street lights for public liability insurance? If it is the case that LED street lights cannot be insure for public liability, are there plans by PHE to review their stance on the safety of such lighting?

Yours faithfully,

John Newstead

FOI, Public Health England

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Dear FOI,

The response to my request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, the authority should have responded by now. Please advise when my FOI request will be answered.

Yours sincerely,

John Newstead

FOI, Public Health England

Dear John Newstead,

Thank you for your email. We would like to apologise for the delay in providing our response, which is an oversight on our part. We aim to provide you with a response to your FOI request by close of play today.

Kind Regards,

Public Accountability Unit
Public Health England
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Dear Joh Newstead,

Please find attached Public Health England's response to your request.

FOI Team
Public Accountability Unit
Public Health England
[Public Health England request email]
Tel: 020 8327 6920 
www.gov.uk/phe   Follow us on Twitter @PHE uk

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