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Belgium Adopts New Regulations to Promote Cell Phone Radiation Safety
Children’s mobile phones are banned. The specific absorption rate (SAR) must be listed on every mobile phone at the point of sale and a warning provided to customers to choose a lower SAR phone, use it moderately, and wear an earpiece.
“Think about your health – use your mobile phone moderately, make your calls wearing an earpiece and choose a set with a lower SAR value.”
The Belgian government's additional recommendations include use of other hands-free methods to keep the phone away from the body such as text messaging, and not making calls when the signal is weak, such as in an elevator or in a moving vehicle.
All cell phones will be labeled with the letter A, B, C, D, or E, corresponding to the phone's specific absorption rating, or SAR, which is a measure of the maximum amount of energy deposited in an adult user's brain during a short phone call.
"A" indicates a SAR less than 0.4 watts/kilogram (w/kg), "B" from 0.4 to less than 0.8 w/kg, "C" from 0.8 to less than 1.2 w/kg, "D" from 1.2 to less than 1.6 w/kg, and "E" more than 1.6 w/kg.
Although phones sold in the U.S. cannot currently exceed 1.6 w/kg and are measured in a different manner than in Europe, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering weakening the U.S. standard and adopting the European or international standard which was developed by a private organization called ICNIRP. The multinational Telecom Industry has lobbied to weaken our protections in the interest of global "harmonization."
In 2010, the city of San Francisco adopted a cell phone "right to know" law that is similar to the Belgian Government's new regulations, but after a lengthy legal battle in the Federal courts with the Telecom Industry, the city repealed the law earlier this year.
The new regulations by the Belgian government are in response to the International Agency for Research on Cancer's (IARC) declaration that radio frequency radiation is "possiibly carcinogenic"
Since the IARC declared that cell phone radiation is "possibly carcinogenic"
The American public needs to learn about the risks of using wireless devices and how to use them safely; otherwise, we may face a major public health crisis in the ensuing decades with the proliferation of these devices in our society.
The English translation of the Belgian government's press release along with supporting materials are available on my Electromagnetic Radiation Safety web site at:http://www.saferemr.com/
The supporting materials include sections covering frequently asked questions, general information about cell phone and other types of electromagnetic radiation, child leukemia, and electromagnetic hypersensitivity. Although some of the information is misleading in my opinion, it is worth examining.
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Joel M. Moskowitz, PhD
School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley
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