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Aug 8

Building Access Handbook 2007 (B.C.)

Illustrated Commentary on Access Requirements in the 2006 British Columbia Building Code

People with ES / EHS are currently prevented/hindered from accessing certain buildings and public areas.

From the Office of Housing and Construction Standards


"It is important for users of the B.C. Building Code to be reminded that the presence and participation of persons with disabilities in our communities is significant. The percentage of persons with disabilities of all ages will increase, especially over the next few decades. This growth will include persons with all types of disabilities, each type having their own specific design needs.

"The roles of persons with disabilities in society are ever expanding and need to be recognized. Not only are persons with disabilities receivers of services, they are also providers. For example, they are students and educators, employees and employers, shoppers and merchants, spectators and athletes, residents of buildings and designers of buildings, to name a few. They participate in all aspects of community life and in doing so, utilize all types of buildings. Users of the code, specifically the sections dealing with building requirements for persons with disabilities, must be aware of the strong impact that proper application of the code has on the day-to-day lives of people with disabilities. Accessibility is paramount. Thoughtful and careful use of this handbook in applying the building requirements for persons with disabilities will benefit all members of the community. . .

"1.1.3. . . . Access or accessible means that a person with disabilities is, without assistance, able to approach, enter, pass to and from, and make use of an area and its facilities, or either of them. . . .

Mar 22

Swiss Re SONAR - Emerging risk insights

represents important concern for the industry and its clients

Note that the highest risks showing in this insurance document are power supply loss and EMR effects.

"This Swiss Re SONAR report features emerging risk topics which could impact the insurance industry in the future. . . .

"Risks are a moving target. They are constantly changing or newly developing. That makes it difficult to quantify and judge them. The earlier the insurance industry starts adapting to emerging risks, the better prepared it will be for tomorrow's challenges. Foresight and knowledge sharing across stakeholders are essential to navigate into a future in which change might be the only constant that remains.

Executive Summary
Terms and definitions
Emerging risk insights 

  • Property 
  • Casualty 
  • Life and Health 
  • Financial Markets 
  • Claims 
  • Operations 

Mar 16

Can an Italian Court Change the Insurance Landscape in America?

November 29, 2012: disability payments, excessive cell phone use, Italy Supreme Court, RF radiation claims

Italy's Supreme Court recently upheld a ruling that allowed disability payments to a businessman who claimed his brain tumor was tied to his excessive cell phone use. Can this ruling potentially lead to future litigation in the U.S. and elsewhere? Can it somehow alter the insurance landscape? Yes, it can. . . .

"Solutions to other emerging risks still need to be developed, but there is already a readily available no-cost solution for handling third-party worker over-exposure to RF radiation. While an immediate solution may not yet be available to protect those exposed to RF radiation from their handsets, a San Diego-based company, RF CHECK, Inc., has developed a solution to protect participants in the wireless ecosystem exposed to RF radiation at the numerous wireless antenna sites across the country. The wireless ecosystem includes service providers, and all those property owners hosting antenna sites, including government entities, healthcare, transportation and educational facilities. This viable solution will not only protect the third-party workers from exposure to RF radiation, but will also preserve a revenue stream for the insurance industry while improving customer service.

"The Italian court ruling could open the floodgates on RF radiation claims. Without adoption of any solutions, the insurance industry could be faced with a repeat of its asbestos experience, even as it avoids writing current coverage via exclusions. That would most certainly change the insurance landscape."

Jan 17

Employer Liability for Employee Cell Phone Use on the Rise

Excerpted from Risk Monitor Volume 3 No. 3 - Elliot Whittier Insurance

"The principal of vicarious liability states that an employer is responsible for the harm caused by its employees if the employees are acting within the scope of their employment at the time an accident happened.

"Employers are facing increasing liability as a direct result from their employees' cell phone use. So why is this the next legal frontier? The number of lawsuits involving employer liability for traffic accidents caused by employee cell phone usage is steadily growing, as well as lawsuits based on health problems associated with cell phone use. . . .

ALSO: Insurance and Liability of Wireless Communication Carriers

Jan 17

Can wireless companies get insurance for claims made based on adverse effects on users' health caused by their devices?

Insurance and Liability of Wireless Communication Carriers

This category contains information about whether wireless companies can get insurance for claims made based on adverse effects on users' health cause by their devices. The evidence is strong enough that the WHO, which tends to be a conservative organization, placed RF/EMF in the "possibly carcinogenic" category. And plaintiffs claiming their health was harmed by exposure have won recent court cases. In addition, awareness about the issue of RF from cell phones causing adverse health effects is getting better, so insurance companies are watching. Of course, as more people have adverse effects and identify them, awareness will naturally be increased. The 2011 categorization of RF as a possible carcinogen increases the concern as well.

In this category, we present documents from insurance companies, court cases that have awarded compensation for RF radiation adverse health effects, industry defense attorneys, actuaries, and from the news and web media. One telecom company, Airtel-Vodafone does not mince words. They claim limits of liability for any adverse RF health effects in their contract with the user, and maintain that they do not have to carry tort or liability insurance.

We have provided the entire Terms and Conditions from Airtel-Vodafone. In filing 9.21 Intervenors provide a brief on this category.

ALSO: Employer Liability for Employee Cell Phone Use on the Rise

Dec 5

Insurers exclude risks associated with electromagnetic radiation

No consensus reached on EMR's effect on health


This insurance does not apply to:

(1) "Bodily Injury," "property damage," or "personal and advertising injury" arising out of, resulting from, caused by or contributed to by electromagnetic radiation, provided that such injury or damage results from or is contributed to by the pathological properties of electromagnetic radiation; or

(2) The costs of abatement or mitigation of electromagnetic radiation or exposure to electromagnetic radiation.

This exclusion also includes:

(a) Any supervision, instructions, recommendations, warnings or advice given or which should have been given in connection with the above; and

(b) Any obligation to share damages with or repay someone else who must pay "damages" because of such injury or damage. . . .

Sep 26

Project 2020 Scenarios for the Future of Cybercrime

White Paper for Decision Makers -Business Insurance

Future cyber attacks could attack medical implants - or wage "psychological war" in virtual reality, Europol warns

"Cyber attackers could target energy supplies, wearable computers in future: Study September 26, 2013 - 5:44am

"Cyber criminals could start attacking energy supplies, wearable computers and medical implants, a study on emerging threats has said.  

"The study also foresees criminals undertaking bio-hacks that could beat biometric authentication systems, OODA Loop reported. The criminals could also cause psychological harm to people through attacks in "virtual reality."

Sep 1

Illusion and Escape: Are We Being Deceived?

The Cell Phone Disease Quagmire - George Carlo (October 2008) (fro The American Trial Lawyer)

An article by Dr. George Carlo in the American Trial Lawyer, a magazine for trial lawyers and a voice for justice:

FACT: Cell Phones Cause Disease
FACT: Orchestrated Illusions Have Shaped Public Opinion
FACT: The Industry Has Escaped Accountability
FACT: Legal and Legislative Actions Are Necessary

When cell phones were first proposed for consumer use in 1983, the fledging wireless communications industry convinced the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that pre-market safety testing was not necessary. The rationale: cell phones were like little microwave ovens that operated at power levels too low to cause heating. Thus, because cell phones could not be used to cook food, they were deemed safe by the FDA. This core mistake in1983 became the foundation for a quarter-century public health threat that increases daily."

May 8

To Utility Companies

Position Statement on Digital Utility Metering - addressed to utility company policymakers and regulators (Jerry Day)

This is a new video from Jerry Day about the laws being broken in the interests of wireless smart meter programs and devices.  He is speaking about US laws, not Canadian ones, but Federal Canadian laws are being broken as well, by not allowing a free, no-cost choice. Our democratic rights must be fought for in Canada as well as the US, and worldwide.  

  • This video is a resource for all those who oppose to Smart Meters and other digital utility meters. 
  • This video may be used for unedited and unaltered reproduction for public viewing in all media without license or fee. 
  • This video can be embedded and copied for the purposes of public presentation. 
This video is particularly suited for presentation at public meetings where power company officials and/or utility regulatory officials are taking comment from the public. If the meeting does not allow 5:30 for one individual's comments, submit this video on behalf of two individuals.

Mar 20

Cellphone safety: What aren't they telling us?

CBC The National with Wendy Mesley (first posted September, 2010)

Cellphone safety:What aren't they telling us?
Insurance companies won't insure wireless device health risks.
We keep hearing studies saying we don't need to worry about cellphones. Wendy Mesley speaks with scientist and author Devra Davis.

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