Volume 3, Issue 1, May 2013, Pages 3 - 12
Risk Assessment of Radio Frequencies and Public Information
Marc Poumadère, Anne Perrin
Available Online 1 May 2013.
- https://doi.org/10.2991/jrarc.2013.3.1.1How to use a DOI?
- Radio frequencies; Mobile phone; Risks; Environment; Health; Psychological – Social; Chronic exposure; France; Electromagnetic hypersensitivity
- The rapid, worldwide development of mobile phones is accompanied in many countries by public concern over the possible health risks of radio frequencies (RF). National and international health agencies have undertaken risk assessments, and an in-depth study was recently conducted with the French Agency on Environment and Health Safety (AFSSET). This paper builds upon this experience, considering not only risk assessment as it bears upon a physical object (RF), but also concerning activities largely characterized along psychosocial dimensions (mobile phone use). It becomes a theoretical and methodological challenge, however, to integrate these characteristics into the assessment process. The research of causal links between RF exposure and subsequent biological or health effects is the main focus of expology. Applied in the AFSSET assessment, the results are in line with previous reviews of research: biological response appears nonexistent or limited to a few cases, and there is no evidence of RF health effects. Considering these results, we specifically look at how information may play a role in the construction of the psychological and social relationship to risk, with a particular emphasis on potential health impacts. In that context, we explore the lesser-known notion of socio-cognitive exposure, characterized by chronic exposure of populations to potentially worrying information when various health consequences are evoked in the literature and by the media. This raises the possibility of a link between risk information and health. Several specific explanations are explored here, notably: nocebo, stress and the symmetry rule.
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TY - JOUR AU - Marc Poumadère AU - Anne Perrin PY - 2013 DA - 2013/05 TI - Risk Assessment of Radio Frequencies and Public Information JO - Journal of Risk Analysis and Crisis Response SP - 3 EP - 12 VL - 3 IS - 1 SN - 2210-8505 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/jrarc.2013.3.1.1 DO - https://doi.org/10.2991/jrarc.2013.3.1.1 ID - Poumadère2013 ER -