Electromagnetic Field Survey
An EMF is an Electromagnetic Field which is emitted by any form or Electrical Device. These EMF’s can reach certain levels which can cause harm to health. There are both individuals at Particular Risk and Individuals not at Risk that can be affected.
These effects can be Direct which includes; Headaches, Vertigo and Heating up of body parts. They can also be Indirect, this includes; interfering with Pacemakers, Body Implants and pregnant women.
Undertaking a Survey
If you work within a working environment which uses high current equipment or magnets within the production processes, then you need to be aware of the EMF requirements in the workplace. Areas of Particular concern include where ‘People at Particular Risk’ are involved. For example, individuals with pacemakers, metal implants or pregnant women. It is not only employees who are permanently situated at site but also contractors and visitors who may attend every so often that should be taken into consideration.
We offer surveys which assess the levels of EMF’s across the site and can then be compared against the exposure limits and requirements of the new EMF Directive, 2013/35/EU, which was transposed into UK law by The Control of Electromagnetic Fields at Work Regulations 2016.
Each survey includes a detailed breakdown of the results and comparison with the appropriate limits for both individuals at risk and not at risk as well as a detailed report explaining how exposure can be reduced and avoided.
High and Medium Risk Environments
There are a significant amount of workplace environments which can expose individuals to both high and medium risk EMF’s, some of these environments include;
· Onsite access to Substations and Transformers etc, including the associated cabling and busbars throughout the site.
· Welding including MIG, TIG and ARC welding units as well as Spot Welding and also Robotic Welding Units.
· Magnetic Particle Inspection and Non-Destructive Testing in the form of portable handheld units and larger booths.
· Induction Heating which can be used to heat up a range of different metal products.
· Motors (Machines and Tools etc.) ranging from small to large motors depending on the production process.
· Truck Chargers in the form of pedestrian trucks and forklift trucks etc.
· Magnets – Although these are different to most other risks, all magnets on sight should be taken into consideration. Some examples include; lifting magnets and magnets within production lines to remove any contaminants etc.