Wi-Fi in Schools - What are the known safe levels of exposure for children?

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Gerry Campbell  30 August 2018
Doing business as the Chief Executive
Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS)
Linen Hill House
23 Linenhall Street 
Lisburn

NOTICE TO THE PRINCIPAL IS NOTICE TO THE AGENT; NOTICE TO THE AGENT IS NOTICE TO THE PRINCIPAL

Wi-Fi in Schools - What are the known safe levels of exposure for children?

Gerry Campbell

NOTICE OF FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST 

The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified wireless radiation (RF/EMF) as a Group 2B ‘Possible Human Carcinogen’ from 2011 onwards, based on scientific evidence that linked wireless exposure with increased risks of brain or head tumours, damage to DNA and other types of genotoxicity, increased oxidative stress and evidence from animal studies.

The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) IARC 2B ‘Possibly Carcinogenic to Humans’ classification includes wireless RF/EMF radiation from any transmitting source in the range of 30 KHz to 300 GHz emitted from any device. This includes mobile phones, tablet computers/iPads, Wi-Fi devices, etc. https://ehtrust.org/science/whoiarc-posi...

The 2013 World Health Organisation’s IARC published their full report or monograph ‘The evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans’. Vol 102 outlines that children absorb wireless (RF/EMF) radiation deeper into their bodies than adults and also states that the classification includes exposure to all radiofrequency radiation [RF] and not just mobile phones, pages 34 & 33 of http://monographs.iarc.fr/ENG/Monographs....

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland [UK] is a member state and also participates in the Governing Council of the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer. The UK was also a founding member of the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer in 1965. https://www.iarc.fr/en/about/membership....

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, you are requested to provide the following:

1.  All documents written or electronic, scientific studies or reports, World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer monographs and classifications, or any other form of evidence in which it is stated that “Wi-Fi exposure is safe and poses no risks to children’s health, including cancer”.

If you, Gerry Campbell, acting as the Chief Executive of CCMS, confirm that there are no such documents, please answer: "CCMS do not hold any documents, written or electronic, scientific studies or reports, World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer monographs and classifications, or any other form of evidence stating that that Wi-Fi exposure is safe and poses no risks to children’s health, including cancer".

2. All documents written or electronic, scientific studies or reports, World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer monographs and classifications, etc. in which it is stated the known safe level of exposure for children aged 0-4 years to wireless RF/EMF radiation, including Wi-Fi. 

If you, Gerry Campbell, acting as the Chief Executive of CCMS, confirm that there are no such documents please answer: “No known safe levels of exposure to wireless RF/EMF radiation, including Wi-Fi, for children aged 0-4 years are held by CCMS.”  

3.  All documents written or electronic, scientific studies or reports, World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer monographs and classifications, etc. in which it is stated the known safe level of exposure for children aged 4-11 years to wireless RF/EMF radiation, including Wi-Fi. 

If you, Gerry Campbell, acting as the Chief Executive of CCMS, confirm that there are no such documents please answer: “No known safe levels of exposure to wireless RF/EMF radiation, including Wi-Fi, for children aged 4-11 years are held by CCMS.”  

4.  All documents written or electronic, scientific studies or reports, World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer monographs and classifications, etc. in which it is stated the known safe level of exposure for children aged 12-18 years to wireless RF/EMF radiation, including Wi-Fi. 

If you, Gerry Campbell, acting as the Chief Executive of CCMS, confirm that there are no such documents please answer: “No known safe levels of exposure to wireless RF/EMF radiation, including Wi-Fi, for children aged 12-18 years are held by CCMS.”  

5.  All documents written or electronic, scientific studies or reports, World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer monographs and classifications, etc. in which it is stated the known safe level of exposure for children with Down’s Syndrome aged 0-4 years to wireless RF/EMF radiation, including Wi-Fi. 

If you, Gerry Campbell, acting as the Chief Executive of CCMS, confirm that there are no such documents please answer: “No known safe levels of exposure to wireless RF/EMF radiation, including Wi-Fi, for children with Down’s Syndrome aged 0-4 years are held by CCMS.”  

6.  All documents written or electronic, scientific studies or reports, World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer monographs and classifications, etc. in which it is stated the known safe level of exposure for children with Down’s Syndrome aged 4-11 years to wireless RF/EMF radiation, including Wi-Fi. 

If you, Gerry Campbell, acting as the Chief Executive of CCMS, confirm that there are no such documents please answer: “No known safe levels of exposure to wireless RF/EMF radiation, including Wi-Fi, for children with Down’s Syndrome aged 4-11 years are held by CCMS.”  

7.  All documents written or electronic, scientific studies or reports, World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer monographs and classifications, etc. in which it is stated the known safe level of exposure for children with Down’s Syndrome aged 12-18 years to wireless RF/EMF radiation, including Wi-Fi. 

If you, Gerry Campbell, acting as the Chief Executive of CCMS, confirm that there are no such documents please answer: “No known safe levels of exposure to wireless RF/EMF radiation, including Wi-Fi, for children with Down’s Syndrome aged 12-18 years are held by CCMS.”  

Please number your responses. This Notice will be used in evidence.

I require written receipt of this Freedom of Information Request.

Sincerely and without ill will, vexation or frivolity,

by Amy Harron

Cc: To All Whom It May Concern

Alison Russell, Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (Northern Ireland)

I am currently out of the office. 

 

If your query is urgent please contact Emma Devlin on 028 92 013022

 

Regards

 

Alison

 

Andrew Aicken, Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (Northern Ireland)

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Dear Ms Harron

 

Thank you for your enquiry of 30 August 2018.

 

I would advise you that none of the documents detailed in your email are
held by CCMS. If these documents exist they should be available from the
World Health Organisation.

 

Regards

 

Andrew

Andrew Aicken

Corporate Information and Communications Officer

 

 

CCMS

Linen Hill House

Linenhall Street

Lisburn

County Antrim

BT28 1FJ

 

Telephone:      028 9201 3014

Mob:                07803 405 995

Email:              [1][email address]

 

 

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Gerry Campbell  30 August 2018 

Doing business as the Chief Executive 

Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) 

Linen Hill House 

23 Linenhall Street  

Lisburn

NOTICE TO THE PRINCIPAL IS NOTICE TO THE AGENT; NOTICE TO THE AGENT IS NOTICE TO THE PRINCIPAL

NOTICE OF FAILURE TO PROVIDE INFORMATION

Gerry Campbell, 

I have received correspondence from Andrew Aicken, acting as Corporate Information and Communications Officer, alleging to be a response to my 30 August 2018 request.  Andrew Aicken has failed to provide me with the information I requested.

It is your duty, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, “to confirm or deny”, as outlined in Part I ‘Right to Information’ Section I of the Act. https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/200...

To clarify, please number your responses and clearly respond to each question in turn as requested (questions 1-7).

For example, question 1 "CCMS do not hold any documents, written or electronic, scientific studies or reports, World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer monographs and classifications, or any other form of evidence stating that that Wi-Fi exposure is safe and poses no risks to children’s health, including cancer".

If you do not intend to provide this information in the requested format, please provide your reasons.

Please number your responses 1 through 7.

You have seventy-two (72) hours to respond from receipt of this notice.

Implied admission by absence of response.

This correspondence will be used in evidence.

Sincerely and without ill will, vexation or frivolity

By Amy Harron
All rights reserved

cc To All Whom it May Concern

Andrew Aicken, Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (Northern Ireland)

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Good Afternoon

 

Having sought legal advice I would refer you to my email of the 4th of
September and I would confirm that none of the documents detailed in your
email of the 30^th August 2018 are held by CCMS.

 

I hope you find the information we have provided to date useful. You may
request an internal review of our decision within two calendar months of
the date of this correspondence if you are dissatisfied with the
information supplied or the way in which your request was handled.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a review
of our original decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted
at: Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF

 

Regards

 

Andrew

Andrew Aicken

Corporate Information and Communications Officer

 

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CCMS

Linen Hill House

Linenhall Street

Lisburn

County Antrim4th

BT28 1FJ

 

Telephone:      028 9201 3014

Mob:                07803 405 995

Email:              [2][email address]

 

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