Small and relatively inexpensive cell phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs) have become indispensable tools for today’s highly mobile workforce, and these devices can be used for many functions, including sending and receiving electronic mail, storing documents, delivering presentations, and remotely accessing data.
While these devices provide productivity benefits, they also pose major risks to individuals and organizations, which highlights the need for all to be informed and advised on information technology security decisions.
The California Department of Public Health has released guidelines about cellphone radiation and how you can reduce your exposure.
Although researchers are yet to find conclusive medical evidence, existing findings say use of cellphone may be linked with brain tumors, headaches, low sperm count, and memory, including hearing and sleep problems.
CBS News said California public health officials are concerned that facts suggest long-term high use may impact human health.
Speaking in an interview with the news outlet, Dr. Karen Smith from California Department of Public Health said, ‘We have confirmed that there are a lot of people in the general public that have some worries about their cellphones and whether using a cellphone is safe.’
‘The advice is that when you sleep, you keep the cellphone at least arm’s length away from your body,’ he said.
‘Do not carry your cellphone in your pocket. The best place for it is either your purse or leave it behind,’ Smith added.
Further instructions from officials are as follows:
- try reducing cellphone use when the signal is weak
- reduce your use of cellphones to stream audio or video, or to download or upload large files
- try keeping cellphones away from the bed at night and
- taking off headsets when not on a call.
The Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association released the following statement:
“Americans’ health is important to CTIA and the wireless industry, and we encourage consumers to consult the experts. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Communications Commission, the World Health Organization, the American Cancer Society and numerous other international and U.S. organizations and health experts, the scientific evidence shows no known health risk due to the RF energy emitted by cellphones.
As the FDA states on its website, ‘[t]he weight of scientific evidence has not linked cellphones with any health problems.’ Likewise, the FCC monitors scientific research on a regular basis, and its standard for RF exposure is based on recommended guidelines adopted by U.S. and international standard-setting bodies. That’s why the FCC has determined that all wireless phones legally sold in the United States are ‘safe.'”