Electromagnetic Field Survey (EMF Surveys)
If you operate, control, or work in an industrial environment then you need to be aware of the Electromagnetic Field requirements and how they can relate to your workplace by carying out emf survey. The CEMFAW (Control of Electromagnetic Fields at Work) Regulations mean that you now have to assess employees’ potential exposure to electromagnetic fields with reference to action levels (ALs).
To help you meet these challenges, we offer a range of services to those who need to ensure compliance with these regulations.
Not only do we provide on-site EMF surveys, we also offer a range of recommendations and extended services that can add further guidance, advice and information to the comprehensive on-site survey.
We can provide you with the information required to ensure your electromagnetic environment is within limits by one of our experienced engineers performing an EMF survey:
- If your site is compliant with the regulations, our emf site survey report provides you with the evidence you need to prove it.
- Under circumstances where you are not compliant with the regulations, we can work with you to help you achieve compliance in a cost-effective manner.
- A detailed breakdown of the emf survey results
- An in-depth report including a comparison of results with the applicable limits
- On-the-spot advice and results
The Regulations require that, as an employer, you should
- Assess the levels of electromagnetic fields to which your employees may be exposed
- Ensure that exposure is below the action levels (ALs).
- Devise and implement an action plan to ensure compliance with the exposure limits
- Assess the risks of employees’ exposure and eliminate or minimise those risks.
- Train employees exposed to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) in the workplace.
- Take action if employees are exposed to electromagnetic fields (EMFs)
- Provide health surveillance or medical examination, as appropriate
The list of equipment, processes and systems where electromagnetic fields (EMFs) can be generated is extensive and can often cover areas that may have been traditionally considered to be low risk in terms of Health and Safety.
The European Directive 2013/35/EU was transposed into UK law by The Control of Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs) at Work Regulations 2016, making it an important part of Health and Safety at Work.
The legislation exists to protect the general public and workers from high levels of electromagnetic fields (EMFs). It is a requirement of Health and Safety law that electromagnetic fields are assessed for the workplace; this may take the form of either a standard risk assessment or an EMF survey.
“Persons at risk” such as employees with pacemakers or those who are pregnant have lower electromagnetic fields (EMFs) limits that need to be considered.
Examples of strong sources of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) in the workplace include
- Induction heaters
- Dielectric heating (RF glue drying, plastic welding etc)
- Industrial microwave ovens and microwave drying
- Arc (MIG, MAG, TIG etc) and Spot Welding
- Power generation and distribution (including battery chargers for UPS systems)
- Handheld electric tools