The step by Indian govt to declare the EMF norms for mobile towers and handsets is path breaking as unchecked EMF radiation could have had played havoc with the health standards of our country as we are a talkative nation who are glued to the phone.
The following are the highlights of the Standards for Mobile radiation norms:
- All the new design of mobile handsets shall comply with the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) values of 1.6 W/kg averaged over 1 gram of human tissue w.e.f. 1st Sept. 2012.
- The mobile handsets with existing designs which are compliant with 2.0 W/kg averaged over 10 gram of human tissue, will continue to co-exist up to 31st August 2013. From 1st Sept. 2013, only the mobile handsets with revised SAR value of 1.6 W/kg would be permitted to be manufactured or imported in India.
- SAR value information display on the mobile handsets like IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) display. The information on SAR values to be made available to the consumer at the point of sale.
- Mobile handset manufactured and sold in India or imported from other countries shall be checked on random basis for compliance of SAR limit after TEC SAR Laboratory is set up by end of 2012. Test results from international accredited labs will be acceptable in the interim period.
- The manufacturers in India will provide self-declaration of SAR value of the handset.
- Suitable amendments in the Indian Telegraph Rule under Indian Telegraph Act 1985 are being enacted in support of ensuring compliance of new SAR values for handsets.
- Manufacturer's mobile handset booklet will contain safety precautions.
- All cell phone handsets sold in the market in India will comply with relevant standards and shall be available in hand free mode.
Now a consumer must see the value of SAR before going for the purchase as it can affect your health. Make it a point to check it like electrical equipment with star rating given with it.