Electromagnetic Fields Assessment

An Electromagnetic Fields Assessment, otherwise known as an EMF Assessment for short, is used as part of managing health and safety in the workplace. As it is required to control the risks in the workplace under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, this includes considering any risks arising from exposure to Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs) which may require an EMF site survey in order to determine the level of EMF exposure.

There are specific regulations which workplaces are required to comply with, in order to meet their legal obligations. The Control of Electromagnetic Fields at Work Regulations 2016 (CEMFAW) requires an assessment of employees’ exposure to EMFs with reference to action levels (ALs) and exposure limit values (ELVs). A comprehensive EMF site survey will provide you with all the necessary information to know what actions to take.
EMF Site Survey

The regulations limit exposure to electromagnetic fields known to cause adverse health effects and requires employers to assess EMF exposure, keep records and undertake corrective action where limits are exceeded in the workplace. In order to avoid employees being affected by the associated health problems, it is vital to meet these requirements. EMF Assessments at work comprise of an EMF site survey of the typical sources of electromagnetic fields.

Some examples of sources of electromagnetic fields in the workplace include:

  • Induction heaters
  • Dielectric heating
  • Industrial microwave ovens and microwave drying
  • Welding
  • Power generation, distribution and transmission
  • MRI/NMR medical diagnostic equipment
  • Foundries
  • Handheld electric tools

The list of equipment, processes and systems where electromagnetic fields can be generated is extensive. An Electromagnetic Fields Assessment is the only way to cover all bases. Here at WG Safety, we are experienced in conducting EMF site surveys by using calibrated field probes, in accordance with HSE’s HSG281 Electromagnetic fields at work: A guide to the (CEMFAW) Regulations 2016. 

An EMF site survey will include EMF exposure measurements and any necessary recommendations and information required to enable the formulation of an action plan for controlling electromagnetic field exposure, in accordance with the CEMFAW Regulations (2016). Get in touch today to find out more and a member of our dedicated team will be pleased to help you with any queries you may have for us.