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Understanding Electric and Magnetic Fields

Hawaiian Electric considers the health and safety of our customers, employees and the general public our highest priorities. We will continue to monitor credible EMF research developments and remain committed to a policy of safely providing our customers with the electricity they need.

Like gravity, electric and magnetic fields (EMF) are fundamental forces of nature. They are invisible lines of force that exist wherever electricity is produced, transmitted, and used.

For over 25 years, scientists have been investigating whether EMF produce harmful effects. According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) “…Some health and safety interest groups have interpreted certain reports to suggest that wireless device use may be linked to cancer and other illnesses … While these assertions have gained increased public attention, currently no scientific evidence establishes a causal link between wireless device use and cancer or other illnesses.”

Stay informed by following updates and developments from trusted sources. Research into these issues is ongoing and more information will become available in the future.

EMF information packets are available to our customers and employees at no cost. In addition, Hawaiian Electric provides a free home survey of EMF to residential customers upon request. However, due to the pandemic, EMF residential surveys have been suspended and will resume when safe to do so. To request a hard copy of Hawaiian Electric's EMF information packet be mailed to your home, please call (808) 543-7511. Commercial customers who are interested in learning more about EMF at their business should contact Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at (808) 586-9110.

1This remains the latest information from the NIEHS.

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