Berkeley to require cellphone safety information.
Posted by GreenSwanStaff at November 25th, 2014
Last Tuesday the Berkeley City Council voted 7 to 2 to require retailers selling cell phones to provide consumers with information about safer cell phone usage, specifically as it pertains to distance requirements.
Max Anderson, Berkeley’s Councilman who sponsored the ordinance, stated that it is necessary because warning language about using your phone at a safer distance is buried in the cellular phone manuals.
The safety warning which will be provided to consumers as a “handout” at point-of-sale will include the following proposed wording:
“The federal government requires that cellphones meet radio frequency (RF) exposure guidelines. Don’t carry of use your phone in a pants or shirt pocket or tucked into a bra when the phone is turned ON and connected to a wireless network. This will prevent exposure to RF levels that may exceed the federal guidelines. Refer to the instructions in your phone or user manual for the recommended user distance (from your body).”
The ordinance is not about potential illness caused by cell phone usage but rather about consumers remaining compliant with the safer distance requirements as tested by the manufacturers and the FCC.