California, the nation’s most populous state, is among a number of states, including California, where residents can legally buy and use cell phones for business and personal purposes.
However, cell phones don’t carry the same level of radiation as the devices used in nuclear power plants and other industrial facilities, as reported by The Associated Press on Friday.
A report released by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission found the radiation level at some cell phones in California’s Los Angeles County is about 2.2 millisieverts per square centimeter (MSPc), about the same as that from a standard cell phone, while the same would be absorbed by a person in a hospital.
But while there are some benefits to using a cell phone indoors, the report found there are risks, as well.
The radiation is so low, it is almost invisible, and there are no limits on the amount of radiation emitted, the commission said.
The levels emitted by cell phones and other electronic devices is not considered safe for workers.
The AP report said California, along with the District of Columbia, has enacted rules requiring cell phone owners to provide their own personal radiation monitors and notify workers when their devices have been switched off.
The commission said California has also mandated that cellphone users install a back-up power supply, as required by the federal Clean Air Act.
California officials have said the state will continue to protect its residents from radiation levels in the area where it operates nuclear power facilities.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.