9.96.010 Findings and Purpose

A.    Requirements for the testing of cell phones were established by the federal government in 1996.

B.    These requirements established "Specific Absorption Rates" (SAR) for cell phones.

C.    The protocols for testing the SAR for cell phones carried on a person’s body assumed that they would be carried a small distance away from the body, e.g., in a holster or belt clip, which was the common practice at that time. Testing of cell phones under these protocols has generally been conducted based on an assumed separation of 10-15 millimeters.

D.    To protect the safety of their consumers, manufacturers recommend that their cell phones be carried away from the body, or be used in conjunction with hands-free devices.

E.    Consumers are not generally aware of these safety recommendations.

F.    Currently, it is much more common for cell phones to be carried in pockets or other locations rather than holsters or belt clips, resulting in much smaller separation distances than the safety recommendations specify.

G.    Some consumers may change their behavior to better protect themselves and their children if they were aware of these safety recommendations.

H.    While the disclosures and warnings that accompany cell phones generally advise consumers not to wear them against their bodies, e.g., in pockets, waistbands, etc., these disclosures and warnings are often buried in fine print, are not written in easily understood language, or are accessible only by looking for the information on the device itself.

I.    The purpose of this Chapter is to assure that consumers have the information they need to make their own choices about the extent and nature of their exposure to radio frequency radiation. (Ord. 7404-NS § 1 (part), 2015)