JAN 2019 – New judicial advance in France – Recognition of electrosensitivity as an occupational disease


PRESS RELEASE of 23 January 2019

EHS – New judicial advance in France – Recognition of electrosensitivity as an occupational disease

By judgment of January 17, the Administrative Court of Cergy-Pontoise enjoins the public body which employs it, to recognize the electrohypersensitivity of a research technician as attributable to the service – the equivalent for the officials of the recognition in occupational disease.

For Sophie PELLETIER, president of PRIARTEM, it is a double “first”  : “This is the first time that the administrative jurisdiction – on which depend on the civil servants – is pronounced favorable on this question. And the icing on the cake, this is the first time in France that a court decision recognizes intolerance to electromagnetic waves as a disease attributable to work.This decision comes after a long course of the fighter for the agent, suffering from neurovegetative disorders. He became ill ten years ago after working for two years on a device emitting strong electromagnetic fields.

For Mr LAFFORGUE , lawyer of the applicant and also lawyer of PRIARTEM, the judgment rendered by the administrative court is particularly motivated: “On the basis of the arguments that we developed, the judges considered that there was a sufficient probability that in the absence of other obvious causes, the chronic and prolonged exposure and increased sensitivity of the subject, allow to conclude to the imputability to the service of the disease “.

At the end of 2018, an electrohypersensitive technician working in a telecommunications company obtained from the Social Security Tribunal of Versailles, the recognition in accident of work of a discomfort occurred at his place of work.

These two decisions, open up for workers who are victims, whether employees or civil servants, prospects for recognition and management of disorders related to electrosensitivity, for diseases or accidents at work .

Above all, this is a strong signal sent to the public authorities, employers and occupational health actors, so as not to lose sight of the consequences of electromagnetic exposure on the health of workers and the judicial risks that they incur.

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