Non-binding guide to good practice for implementing Directive 2013/35/EU Electromagnetic Fields

This practical guide has been prepared to assist employers, particularly small to medium sized enterprises, to understand what they will need to do to comply with Directive 2013/35/EU laying down the minimum safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to risks arising from electromagnetic fields (EMF). The guide, which consists of two volumes and a specific guide for SMEs, may also be useful for workers, workers representations and regulatory authorities in Member States.

The practical guide volume 1 provides advice on carrying out risk assessment and further advice on the options that may be available where employers need to implement additional protective or preventive measures. Volume one is 212 pages. Contents:

  1. Introduction and purpose of this guide
  2. Health Effects and Safety Risks From Electromagnetic Fields
  3. Sources of Electromagnetic Fields
  4. Structure of the EMF Directive
  5. Risk Assessment in the Context of the EMF Directive
  6. Use of Exposure Limit Values and Action Levels
  7. Use of Databases and Manufacturer’s Emission Data
  8. Calculation or Measurement of Exposure
  9. Protective and Preventive Measures
  10. Emergency Preparedness
  11. Risks, Symptoms and Health Surveillance
  12. Reference materials - Appendix A-J

Volume 2 presents twelve case studies that show employers how to approach assessments and illustrate some of the preventive and protective measures that might be selected and implemented. The case studies are presented in the context of generic workplaces, but were compiled from real work situations on 148 pages: Office, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectrometer, Electrolysis, Medical, Engineering Workshop, Automotive, Welding, Metallurgical Manufacturing, Radiofrequency (RF) Plasma Devices, Rooftop Antennas, Walkie-Talkies, Airports.

The guide for SMEs, which is 24 pages, will assist employers to carry out an initial assessment of the risks from EMF in the workplace. Based on the outcome of this assessment, it will help to decide whether there is a need to take any further action as a result of the EMF Directive.

Manuscripts were completed in November 2014.

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