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SAR and Radio Frequency Emission Information

Possible health concerns due to mobile radio frequency (RF) radiation has been the subject of public and media attention. Many studies have been published on this topic, and other research is still ongoing. To date, scientific data show that there is no clear link between wireless phones and adverse health effects.

How is RF radiation measured?

RF radiation is measured by the Specific Absorbtion Rate (SAR), a body of internationally accepted standards for radio frequency absorbtion. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a transfer of mobile phone exposure limit guidelines based on existing scientific evidence including limits to ensure public health and safety. All mobile phones sold in the U.S. must comply with FCC standards to stay under a SAR reading of 1.6 watts per kilogram.

Does Plantronics measure the SAR levels of its headsets?

Yes. Plantronics has commissioned an independent laboratory to conduct a study measuring the SAR levels when using Plantronics mobile headsets and wireless/cordless headsets.

  • Corded Mobile Headsets: Independent studies have shown that when using a corded mobile headset, the SAR reading is zero.
  • Wireless and cordless headphone system: Plantronics now offers a variety of cordless and wireless headsets and headset systems with their own power supply resulting in possible RF radiation. These models include Bluetooth ® mobile headsets and our cordless and wireless headsets. Plantronics has also commissioned SAR testing of these products and the results showed that the SAR levels are negligible; less than 5% of the FCC limits.

Where can I find additional information about the SAR and RF emissions?

Updated May 15, 2011