Are RFID Readers Hazardous To Your Health?

FCC regs on RF exposure safety requires that at least 8.7 inches always exist between RFID antennae radiating elements and people. How many DCs bother to check?

One industry official—who asked that his name not be used—wondered whether the potential danger from RFID and related readers was being seriously explored. "Some backrooms have 14-30 antennas and all of these are clustered around doors," the official said. "No one has started to address any of the OSHA safety issues, nor even ask any questions."

It's a fair question. In other industries, labor unions would sometimes push such questions, but the lack of unionization in many of these sites truly puts the onus back on management.