Most Cell Phones Exceed Radiation Exposure Limits, Study Finds

January 11, 2017

 

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has recently received an inquiry that asked whether or not the organization is effective in enforcing its cellular phone safety limits.
In short, the inquiry alleges, that manufacturers are routinely releasing handsets that exceed recommended radiation exposure limits. The limit is currently set as a 1.6 W/kg peak spatial Specific Absorption Rate. The report states:

“ As currently implemented, allowing this margin of error potentially exposes cell phone users to radio frequency radiation (RFR) above the FCC’s 1.6 W/kg exposure limit. In fact, any phone with a psSAR of greater than 1.231 W/kg with the [aforementioned] 30% margin of error can effectively exceed the approved limit of 1.6W/kg.”

The FCC has yet to respond to the inquiry, but it does raise some questions about the amount of psSAR that are emanating from mobile handset devices. While the FCC would have to have certified these devices as safe to be sold, there’s no denying that an excessive output of radiation is an outcome that practically no one wants.

What can a handset manufacturer do? Obviously radiation levels are an undesired byproduct, but it may behoove handset builders and testers if they had a more accurate representation of their psSAR output. Using devices such at ART-MAN by ART-Fi, psSAR readings and results can paint a more accurate picture. In the event the FCC decides to lower the radiation exposure limits, manufacturers using psSAR measurement tools will have the proverbial “leg up.”

Read the report in its entirety by clicking here, and learn more about ART-MAN by ART-Fi by clicking here.

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