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EMF Hazards at Work and How to Reduce Them.

EMF Hazards at Work and How to Reduce Them.

There are all types of electronics in the workplace, including computers, copiers, printers, fax machines, WiFi, cell phones and iPads. Given that we spend so much time there, what can we do to have a healthier work environment?

Sit at least 40 inches away from the back of any computer. Replace your wireless mouse and keyboard with wired ones. Make sure to disable the wireless/Bluetooth settings on your computer.

Use a wired internet connection if possible. If you are switching to a wired connection, or are already using one, make sure the wireless setting on the computer is disabled. If it is not disabled, it will still send out microwave radiation as it attempts to connect to the WiFi router. If you’re unable to switch to or use a wired connection, be conscious of where the wireless router is located. If it is anywhere near you, move it into a room or area away from you and others.

Always use printers, copiers, and fax machines with caution, as they produce high-intensity EMF’s. The more “features” and capabilities the machine has, the greater the EMF’s they emit. Unplug these devices when they are not in use, and when they are in use, stay at least three feet away.

If you are unable to take any of these safety measures, it is best to rearrange your workspace. Before you begin to do this, find out what is around you in nearby offices or storage spaces. Be aware of any electrical sources such as an elevator shaft, electric panels, heavy wiring, or an electrical equipment room. Move your desk at least three feet away from any of these sources. You can place large furniture like bookshelves or file cabinets there instead. If you have an uninterruptible power supply (UPS), move it at least three feet away from you, as they produce more EMF’s than your computer does.

Your workstation is important, and you should position your equipment (computer, printer, telephones, etc.) in a row, rather than have them scattered around. For example, you do not want to have a computer in front of you and a printer behind you. Be aware of your surroundings, and as always, the best preventative measure is to limit the amount of time you spend using these electronic devices.

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