Extremely low-frequency magnetic fields of transformers and possible biological and health effects

Sirav B., Sezgin G., Seyhan N.

ELECTROMAGNETIC BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE, no.4, pp.302-306, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.3109/15368378.2013.834447
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.302-306
  • Keywords: ELF magnetic fields, exposure limits, residential exposure, transformer, OCCUPATIONAL-EXPOSURE, CHILDHOOD LEUKEMIA, POOLED ANALYSIS, CANCER, EXCRETION, POWER
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Physiological processes in organisms can be influenced by extremely low-frequency (ELF) electromagnetic energy. Biological effect studies have great importance; as well as measurement studies since they provide information on the real exposure situations. In this study, the leakage magnetic fields around a transformer were measured in an apartment building in Kucukcekmece, Istanbul, and the measurement results were evaluated with respect to the international exposure standards. The transformer station was on the bottom floor of a three-floor building. It was found that people living and working in the building were exposed to ELF magnetic fields higher than the threshold magnetic field value of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Many people living in this building reported health complaints such as immunological problems of their children. There were child-workers working in the textile factories located in the building. Safe distances or areas for these people should be recommended. Protective measures could be implemented to minimize these exposures. Further residential exposure studies are needed to demonstrate the exposure levels of ELF magnetic fields. Precautions should, therefore, be taken either to reduce leakage or minimize the exposed fields. Shielding techniques should be used to minimize the leakage magnetic fields in such cases.