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Dr Gulleford also gave a paper on the Human Rights Act. This legislation is creating a great deal of media and public interest but in terms of substantive law it creates little that is new, he said. Its main function is to repatriate the European Convention on Human Rights into English law. Bringing the convention home as it was put in the government White Paper on the subject. The reason that many are predicting an explosion in litigation as a result of the above repatriation is that a major procedural bar has been removed in that applicants can seek redress in the domestic courts.
Exposure to radio waves from mobile phones and base stations was the topic chosen by Dr Simon Mann of the National Radiological Protection Board. His talk set out NRPB's scientific position over the twin issues of exposure to the radio waves when using mobile phone handsets and when living or working near the antennas of mobile phone base stations.
Dr Robin Foster, Risk Assessment Policy Unit, HSE, gave a presentation on developments and influences in risk assessment. His presentation ranged widely over a variety of topical risk issues and illustrated the procedures the HSE adopts to bring these factors together in ensuring that risks from work activities are properly controlled.