Radiation Measurement for Global System for Mobile Communication Handset and Health Implication
Keywords:GSM, Radiation, SAR, Hazard, Mobile Handset
In this study, the measurement of Electromagnetic Radiation of the GSM handset and health implication, measurements were conducted. GSM radiations are non-ionizing. Measurement of the magnetic radiation was carried out using a Radiation Meter. Several tests were carried out with different makes and models of GSM handsets to determine the radiation from the handset at different distances between the handset and the Radiation meter. Measurements were also taken for other household devices for the purpose of comparing the radiation to those of GSM handsets. The result shows that the radiation from GSM handsets is within the limit set by the International Commission on Non-Ionization Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and do not pose any health hazard, although research is continuous. However, the radiations have some effects on the individual using the handset by causing some temperature rise if phone is used for a long time. It is therefore advisable not to use phone for more than 30 minutes without a break. Pregnant mothers however have to use the phone with extra care because of the foetus who is not fully formed.
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