Mobile radiation: 8 things you must know

Here are eight things that all mobile users should know about mobile radiation and how to minimize it.

DO ALL MOBILE PHONES EMIT RADIATIONS? ........................... 2 WHAT IS A SAFE SAR LEVEL?.............................................. 2 CAN A HIGHER SAR LEVEL CAUSE CANCER? ............................ 2 HOW TO LOWER EXPOSURE TO CELLPHONE RADIATIONS?.......... 2 DOES INDIA HAVE SAR LIMIT? ............................................. 3 WHAT IS THE SAR OF SOME POPULAR HANDSATS? ................... 3 ARE THERE RADIATION NORMS FOR TOWERS? ........................ 3 WHAT HAS BEEN THE GOVERNMENT'S RESPONSE? ................... 3

6 watts per kg (W/kg) while manufacturers in Europe must ensure that the maximum SAR level does not exceed 2W/kg. Radiation emitted by cellphones is measured in terms of specific absorption rate (SAR) . What is a safe SAR level? The lower the SAR value. It is different for different phones. That means that there "could be some risk" of carcinogenicity.Do all mobile phones emit radiations? Yes. A wired handsfree is also safe. So try to use the phone outdoors. or possibly carcinogenic. These figures are also available on their websites. All leading handset makers specify the SAR value in their user manual. A Bluetooth headset too produces less radiation than a cellphone held directly to the ear. How to lower exposure to cellphone radiations? Cellphones emit maximum radiation in areas where the network signal is weak. Use a landline at home or in office. Can a higher SAR level cause cancer? Can't say. or move close to a window. SAR is the highest when a user is talking. For instance. cellphones can't be sold officially in the US if their SAR level exceeds 1. Both the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and EU have stringent safety standards in place on cellphone radiation levels. so additional research needs to be conducted in the long-term.the amount of radio waves absorbed by the body tissue when a mobile phone is in use. the better. Avoid lifts and basements. heavy use of mobile phones. SAR limits are based on guidelines issued by the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection which are endorsed by the World Health Organisation. TOP . WHO classifies mobile phone radiation on the International Agency for Research on Cancer scale into "Group 2B".

Samsung NexusS with 0. Samsung Galaxy S2 has a SAR of 0. the radiation from 650.000 towers nation-wide should be less than f/200 watts per square metre. It suggested that children. Are there radiation norms for towers? Yes. In 2008. sleep disturbances. ringing in the ears.AMIn> .6 W/kg.338. fatigue. headache and palpitation.17. What has been the government's response? A government committee report submitted this year has concluded that radiation from mobile phones and towers poses serious health risks. The government proposes to tighten this parameter further. What is the SAR of some popular handsats? The Apple iPhone 4." the report said.58 and BlackBerry Curve 8310 at 0. dizziness.72. adolescents and pregnant women should avoid excessive use of cellphones while people with medical implants should keep their cellphone at least 30 cm away while talking.Does India have SAR limit? No. Currently. at 1. mobile permits of all companies were amended to include self-certification of tower radiation levels to ensure compliance with WHO-endorsed guidelines. in line with US rules. Each instance of non-compliance carries a penalty of 5 lakh. TOP Compiled by <j. "People chronically exposed to such radiation have reported unspecific symptoms. But the government now plans to cap SAR at 1. ranging from burning and tingling sensation in the scalp.