Preferences for Exposure Control of Power-Frequency Fields Among Lay Opinion Leaders

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Article - Open Access

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Risk: Health, Safety, & Environment

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This paper reports the results of a study using a survey instrument to present 40 options to reduce or eliminate exposure to fields from 60-Hz electric power to an opportunity sample of adults from the Pittsburgh area. The respondents can be reasonably characterized as "middle income, lay opinion leaders," i.e, they have a somewhat higher level of education and are somewhat more likely to be involved in leadership positions than the general public. The exposure control options ranged from voluntary design, measurement and information guidelines to banning sources of high or unusual fields. Respondents rated the options as "should definitely be done," "uncertain," or "should definitely not be done." Additionally, all subjects rated their degree of belief in health effects.