The Control of Electromagnetic Fields at Work (CEMFAW) Regulations 2016

Following the adoption of the European Directive 2013/35/EU The Control of Electromagnetic Fields at Work (CEMFAW) Regulations 2016 came into effect in the UK on 1 July 2016. EMFs are emitted from electrical or electronic equipment and are present in almost all workplaces.

All companies are required to undertake an assessment of the risks from exposure to EMF’s. Higher risk activities include electrical supply, welding and metal production working, use of magnetic or microwave equipment, medical and transport related activities. Exova’s Occupational Hygienists can assist you in ensuring compliance with the CEMFAW regulations.

The CEMFAW regulations require employers to:

  • Undertake an assessment of the risks from exposure to EMF’s
  • If required produce an EMF control action plan
  • Identify any at risk employees and ensure they are suitably protected from EMFs
  • Provide instruction, information and training to employees on risks and controls
  • Provide health surveillance if at risk personnel identified

EMF health effects

Exposure to EMFs and the possible health effects will depend upon the type of equipment in use and the field/frequency range emitted.

Health effects can include direct effects such as heating of the body (thermal) and nausea or vertigo (sensory) and also indirect effects such as interference with medical implants or generation of sparks.

Employees at particular risk such as expectant mothers and those with implanted medical devices need identification and extra measures introduced to protect them.

Health Action Levels (AL) and Exposure Limit Values have been set within the CEMFAW regulations for both direct and indirect effects.

Exova EMF exposure assessments

Exova’s occupational hygienists can provide a comprehensive risk assessment and measurement service including:

  • Initial EMF Risk Audit & Assessment - identifying EMF generating equipment
  • Measurement Surveys - evaluating EMF levels /exposures and comparing to limits
  • EMF Consultancy Advice – production of EMF action plans and machine/equipment zoning
  • Follow up employee information, instruction and training on EMF’s in the workplace