Comments   JULY 18, 2011

Dear Editor:

Why is the BC Government requiring all homes to be in conflict with section 5.57 of the Works Safe BC regulations?

At the end of May, the World Health Organization/International Association For Research on Cancer (IARC) declared emf, including low levels such as cell phones, as a Group 2B Carcinogen. This includes the radiation emitted by Smart Meters. Part 5.57 of the Work Safe BC regulation states “(1) If a substance identified as any of the following is present in the workplace, the employer must replace it, if practicable, with a material which reduces the risk to workers:

(a) ACGIH A1 or A2, or IARC 1, 2A or 2B carcinogen;…”

Effectively, this disqualifies any home-based business from being covered by Work Safe BC, even worse if a worker comes to one’s home to do repairs or other work, they will be in violation of the regulations.

Why has the provincial government mandated that one can not have workers come to one’s home to do repairs, house cleaning, gardening etc?

The Smart Meter program/Clean Energy Act may sound as a good idea until one looks at the issues caused by its hasty implementation. The Smart Meter program, as it is today, is wrong from the health perspective, the worker safety perspective, personal privacy, grid security, and cost benefit perspectives.  A moratorium must be declared on the program until those issues can be proven safe.

Norm Ryder Victoria