Link between cellphone use and cancer in spotlight again

Employers should take note of Italian decision: Experts
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/17/2012

A court ruling in Italy around cellphone usage and brain tumours might seem a distant concern for Canadian employers, but it’s something to take note of, according to legal experts.

The case involved a worker who used his cellphone for an average of six hours per day, for 12 years, because his job demanded it. He claimed a benign brain tumour near his left ear had been caused by the mobile phone, according to media reports.

The Italian agency that insures work-related health risks rejected his request, saying there was not enough evidence linking mobile phone use to brain cancer. But the case reached Italy’s high court, which ruled in favour of the employee in October.