Welcome to VERCIDA website.

Skip to main content
Enable Recite to make this website accessible

Smartphones - a health risk?

Category: Blogger's Corner, Health and Safety, job, technology media telecoms, smartphone

Smartphones - a health risk?

In earlier article I wrote, I was saying that not only smartphones are not easy to use for older people, but individuals who have pacemakers are not able to use them, as they are not compatible.

There have been several articles highlighting the problems. One article was in the Daily Mail, where it said that they should not be kept in the top pocket as the electromagnetic waves from the smartphone can be misinterpreted as a heart signal and cause the pacemaker to stop. This happened to one patient. This then instills fear of using them for those with heart conditions.

Although, while a study has been done, few patients were affected. www.ibtimes.co.uk, there is still the worry of people using them. Some phones are more likely to interfere than others.

There is the assumption that nearly everyone uses smartphones, this was mentioned in an article in www.consumer.healthday.com. They a said that while there is a very small risk,not to be alarmed. They also stated that with the electromagnetic waves there may be a risk of fainting. There is also the risk that ICD's may be affectedas they could misinterpret interference from smartphones as a life-threatening abnormal heart rhythm, therefore giving the patient a painful shock.

An increasing number of employers are requiring staff to have mobile phones on them because of the increasing tendency for employers to rely on home or remote working practices.

While technology is so advanced there are some people who have doubts about the safety of using it, those who have certain medical conditions. They therefore feel that they are being left behind when looking for a job.

VERCIDA works with over one hundred clients who are committed to creating an inclusive work environment. If you are an employer and interested in working with VERCIDA to promote your diversity and inclusion initiatives and attract the best candidates, please call 02037405973 or email [email protected] for more information.

We are also officially recommended by Disability Confident as a step on achieving Employer status, please click here for more information.

Vercida logo

VERCIDA works with over one hundred clients who are committed to creating an inclusive work environment. If you are an employer and interested in working with VERCIDA to promote your diversity and inclusion initiatives and attract the best candidates, please email [email protected] for more information.

Section with Articles you might like

See all articles

You will receive an email with link to reset your password.

Enter your new password