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If I'm working at an office desk that is 36 inches from office breaker panel (GE Powermark Plus Load Center Enclosure containing 36 20-AMP breakers for eight hours a day am I at risk for EMF / ELF emitted by this breaker panel?
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3/7/2018
Mike G.
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No, you are safe.

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You can make a simple test to verify. Put a portable radio on your desk to see if you get static.

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Are you experiencing any issues with the computer screen?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I'm concerned about EMF / ELF exposure - not sure how RF static from a radio would factor in.
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
No issue with computer screen. But that's not the issue. Purpose of the question has to do with health concerns/occupational/workplace safety spending long hours so close to the office powerfeed (the box with 720Amps worth of breakers.

Panels are in use in many close applications and no issue with EMF/ELF have ever been noted by electricians nation wise. Your concerns are unfounded.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Do these panels typically have ratings specifying expected EMF/ELF emissions (in mG) ?

No they don't. You might try contacting the manufacturer's customer service for their test results. If there was a potential for the dangers it would be addressed on the equipment and in all trade publications.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Thank you.
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
FYIhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8960730https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19278839

The links didn't work. Please advise what the info is.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Replace the <dot> with a period in the links below and you should be able to access these two URLs which are provided by
the National Institute of Health (nih.gov) a bonafide US Government Agency.www<dot>ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8960730www<dot>ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19278839

Interesting but inconclusive. As I said, there has been no trade publication providing a warning. Our industry takes safety concerns serious. We don't want to hurt anyone and don't want to be involved in a law suit.

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