What is the Berkeley ‘Right to Know’ Law?
What is the Berkeley 'Right to Know' Law?
Officials in Berkeley California wanted cell phone retailers to inform consumers about manufacturers’ recommended minimum separation distance from the body to their device to protect a user’s health. While manufacturers are already required to provide this information by the FCC it was thought this proposal was necessary because it is believed that most cell users are unaware that manufacturers recommend the use of a holder that keeps the phone away from the body so that users don’t absorb more microwave radiation than was detectable in testing for legal certification. This information may be available in the phone’s user manual but often not seen or read.
Cell Phone Safety Information in the Manual
The proposed wording of the fact sheet is as follows:
“To assure safety, the Federal Government requires that cell phones meet radio frequency (RF) exposure guidelines. If you carry or use your phone in a pants or shirt pocket or tucked into a bra when the phone is ON and connected to a wireless network, you may exceed the federal guidelines for exposure to RF radiation. This potential risk is greater for children. Refer to the instructions in your phone or user manual for information about how to use your phone safely.”
Cell Phone Radiation Posted on a Poster
It also requires that the notice is provided on paper not less than 5-by-8 inches, in at least 18-point type. If the notice is “prominently displayed” at a point of sale, it must be on a poster not less than 8-1/2-by-11 inches in at least 28-point type.
Cell phone radiation is recognized by the WHO, or World Health Organization, as a possible carcinogen. Additionally, there is some research suggesting that cell phone radiation may affect fertility, cardiovascular problems, breast cancer, or neurological damage to the fetuses of pregnant women.
This ordinance was passed in May of 2015 is not intended to force, coerce, or otherwise influence consumers to act any differently but rather to simply INFORM them of the information and allow them to make decisions based on the information given.
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