“At-Risk” Employees – Personal EMF Risk Assessments

Welding is one of the highest sources of EMF exposure in industrial environments

Certain Employees & individuals are much more susceptible to the effects of EMF exposure ie:

  • those wearing Electronic Medical Implants either inside the body (such as pacemakers, defibrillators etc), or outside the body (such as insulin pumps, hearing aids etc) – EMFs can readily interfere with their operation even at relatively low levels
  • those wearing non-Electronic Medical Implants such as metal plates, metal joints, metal pins etc
  • expectant mothers, in respect to the developing embryo

Any such employees are therefore classed as “At-Risk” under the CEMFAW Regs 2016, and crucially their EMF exposure threshold levels are thus set much lower than for those not At-Risk.

                            Typical “At-Risk” EMF Warning Sign
To protect any such At-Risk Employees, the CEMFAW Regs 2016 states “a Personal EMF Risk Assessment must be undertaken for any identified At-Risk Employees based on 1) the equipment used, and 2) areas accessed by that Employee on a typical working day / shift”.

Whilst this may sound very daunting & a potential minefield to many Employers, particularly large organisations, in actual fact such Personal EMF RA’s are usually quite straightforward*.

Here at Scholes EMF Ltd we specialise in such Personal EMF Risk Assessments by:

  • assessing what equipment is used / areas are accessed by an At-Risk Employee
  • taking EMF measurements where necessary…. with the correct EMF instrumentation (a common mistake!)
  • crucially, taking “safe” distance measurements from the offending equipment in cm to be below the At-Risk Limits
  • compiling a full Personal EMF Risk Assessment Table in the Report of any At-Risk Employees with Actions required to ensure their safety / safe return to work, including prohibiting the use of equipment where necessary
  • Actions & guidance on how to identify any At-Risk Employees both currently & going-forward

Furthermore, all Companies have a “duty-of-care” to protect any At-Risk Contractors or At-Risk Visitors to site. These individuals, and any offending equipment, are also fully covered as part of your EMF Assessment & ensuing Report in a straightforward & easy-to-understand manner.

*For example, for any At-Risk Employees wearing metal implants in typical industrial applications, the only things which could potentially have effects are EMFs from exceptionally strong static “natural” magnets, or strong electromagnets. And even then only if the actual metal implant is ferromagnetic ie) attracted to magnets, and at close distance.

However, for At-Risk Employees wearing electronic medical implants, the potential EMF interference risks from electrical equipment they use could have much more serious consequences on their health. Therefore, their Personal EMF Risk Assessment is often more in-depth usually requiring EMF measurements to ensure the “At-Risk” thresholds are not breached.

Contact Us

For more information about Personal EMF Risk Assessments simply call (07387) 161664, email info@scholes-emf.com or fill in our contact form.

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