What does the law say about exposure to EMFs at work?

In July 2016, the UK introduced the Control of Electromagnetic Fields at Work Regulations which set out what an employer must do to protect its workers from EMFs.

The regulations were passed as a result of the EU Directive 201335/EU on health and safety requirements for the exposure of workers to risks from electromagnetic fields. This was introduced to protect workers like doctors and nurses who give patients magnetic resonance imaging scans (MRI), people working with radar, welders and workers repairing power lines.

The regulations set out various EMF exposure limits and requires employers to carry out risk assessments, if there is a risk of approaching/exceeding these limits.

The HSE has produced a guide for anyone who has duties under the new regulations.

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